About Tatyana Fateyeva

Tatyana with her daughter.

I was born and raised in Kazakhstan and then moved to Seattle and eventually the Bay Area in 2004.  Today, I am based in San Anselmo, California, and have been painting away in various venues around the San Francisco Bay Area since 2005. I have a background in fine art and vast experience working in artistic and educational environments. I am also a mother, giving birth to my daughter in 2005 and so understand the needs and concerns of parents. For a more complete story of how I came to be doing professional face and body painting, please visit my Story page. 



My clients include: Town of Fairfax, Town of San Anselmo, Autodesk, Pearl.com, Amy’s Kitchen, Bradley Real Estate, Marin Montessori School, Marin Mother’s Club and Pacific Diversified Services (PDS).

About Face Painting

From ancient times, face painting has been used for hunting, religious reasons, and military reasons. Humanity has painted faces and bodies since the very beginning and recent archaeological research shows that Neanderthals had the capability and tools for face painting! Although it died out in Western culture after the fall of the French aristocracy, face painting re-entered the popular culture during the hippie movement of the late 1960s, when it was common for young women to decorate their cheeks with flowers or peace symbols at anti-war demonstrations. 

Today, face painting is a common entertainment at county fairs, large open-air markets (especially in Europe and the Americas), and other locations that attract children and adolescents. Though the majority of face painting is geared towards children, professional face painting is appropriate for a wide range of events including markets, festivals, private parties, charity fund raisers, business and corporate events. Face painting is also a part of cosplay practice, and is enjoyed yearly by people who dress up as zombies to dance with the annual worldwide "Thrill the World" event on the Saturday before Halloween!

For answers to more specific questions, please visit my FAQ page.