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Mia Tavonatti and the Svelata Foundation for the Arts: Recreating Creativity

Svelata is a foundation dedicated to the creative expansion of humanity through exhibitions, documentaries and educational programs designed to unveil the
Mia Tavonatti, the creator of the Svelata Foundation for the Arts, enjoys the adventure of creating life and searching for truth through beauty in art.

Svelata is a foundation dedicated to the creative expansion of humanity through exhibitions, documentaries and educational programs designed to reveal the true nature of creativity and the transformative power of beauty.

By revealing the creative processes of artists to the mass public, starting with her own, Mia intends to break down the barriers between artist and non-artist and eliminate the blocks that discredit and disintegrate the dreams and aspirations of so many potential creators.

Mia earned her BFA and MFA from California State University Long Beach, where she majored in Illustration. She has studied in Paris at the Sorbonne, Parsons School of Design, and in the studio of renowned French impressionist Monsieur Relange.

Mia has been creating art professionally for twenty years, and her work can be found in numerous private, institutional and corporate collections including those of Marriott Resorts and Harrah’s Casinos. As an illustrator, Mia has created art for over twenty books, eight of which she has also authored, and the covers for sixty plus young adult, children’s and art instructional books.

Some of us as artists can remember a point in our lives when someone almost extinguished our “spark”, whether intentional or not. In the video below Mia talks about a specific incident in her childhood that was a particularly painful experience for her – not just as a creative soul but as an innocent and joyful person. It’s an excellent reminder that we can sometimes say things off the cuff to people and not give much thought to how hurtful our words can be. Those off the cuff remarks are often the thorns that embed themselves the deepest, especially when they come from someone loved, admired and respected. Also in the video Mia talks about her experiences as an artist and explains more of what Svelata is about.


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