Taya de La Cruz’s Early Career
Half-Spanish, half-Indian, Taya was raised in sleepy southern Spain and educated in Gibraltar. She trained as an actress and found her way into visual art after a particularly dark chapter in her life. Drawing inspiration from this period, many of her works now investigate the psychology of overcoming hardship and elite performance.
Style and Practice
Taya has created a new technique of painting - using medical-grade syringes and needles - to allow herself to work with paint on a microscopic level. Each labour-intensive piece visually articulates the time taken to create it and reinforces the message of slowing down and being in the now. Using detailed minuscule handwriting, Taya invites the viewer to get even closer to her artwork and explore the narrative behind it.