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Talia Koval is a classically-trained artist who transforms the magic of life’s sweetest memories into vibrant paintings—live, in the moment. The artist specializes in capturing the joyous meaning and emotion of family celebrations, weddings, fundraisers and sporting events.
Born in Ukraine, Talia moved to the US when she was 10 years old, eventually settling in the Bay Area. Drawing and painting became her constant companion – a universal language to help her cross difficult cultural and linguistic barriers. Just two years later, Talia took a ski trip to the mountains with her father and immediately fell in love with Tahoe. During that trip she resolved that one day she would be an artist and live in Lake Tahoe.
In her 20’s, after graduating from UC Berkeley, Talia started live painting – a form of visual art performance coined by Leroy Neiman who painted during the Winter Games in Squaw Valley in 1960. She quickly gained recognition and began to travel across the country and internationally to live-paint at various private events and weddings, including Mexico, Italy and Singapore.
In 2014, a wedding brought her back to Lake Tahoe; a couple hired Talia to Live Paint a triptych painting at Valhalla. That wedding re-awakened her childhood dream to live in the beautiful community, and the following year the artist moved to South Lake Tahoe.
“With all the beautiful places I have seen across the world, and after traveling to over 20 countries, Tahoe is the best place, and the first place that truly feels like home, after immigrating to the US.“
In between her travels throughout the world, Talia renews her spirit and her art by spending time in nature. During the winter Talia paints on her skis in the Sierra Nevada and in the summer, you’ll often find the artist painting outdoors around Lake Tahoe and right here near Valhalla.
Talia also gives back to the local community. Every year she chooses three non-profit organizations and helps raise funds with her live painting performances at charity auctions.Tahoe’s heritage, forests and the lake have to be preserved for the generations to come. It inspires a spirit of life like no other place,” she says. Talia creates paintings to inspire an appreciation and preservation for the heavenly landscape.