Cabo-based artist Tanya Talamante fuses creative instinct with business acumen, offering participatory aesthetic experiences. Her workshops are ideal for travelers seeking art sessions to fuel their right brains. When she’s not teaching, Talamante makes her own ceramics and paintings, works as an interior designer, and designs furniture. She’s busy! After reading her interview, check out her vibrant and intricate ceramics, textiles, accessories, and woodcarvings online—they’re perfect, one-of-a-kind gifts.
What makes Cabo a great place to work as a creative practitioner?
Cabo is one of the best places to work because of its amazing landscape. Inspiration is really anywhere you look. It’s still a small town even though there’s a lot of new development. The people who live here still know each other, and there’s a great community of pioneer families that started all this in the 1990’s. We all moved here then, and it’s been a ride to see everything grow and change. Working here has given me a brighter view on the markets of the world. I’ve met so many amazing people! Another wonderful thing about Cabo is that there are flights to go anywhere you want. I really enjoy traveling. Coming back is great too—I really cherish what I have here.
Why should Cabo visitors look into taking courses at Studio TT Art School? Tell us what the experience will be like.
People love the school experience. I teach mixed media, which is the technique I use in my painting. The class is three hours and at the end you finish a beautiful small painting to take home. For most students, it’s their first time painting. They’re nervous at the start, but as soon as they get their hands in paint, there’s no going back— all the artistic possibilities emerge. The classes are held at my art studio in the art district of San Jose del Cabo, a really wonderful area. I also do Art and Wine every Thursday. It’s a lot of fun.
What are you working on this winter?
I’m working on a new collection of paintings inspired by the indigenous people, the Indios Pericues, that used to inhabitat Los Cabos in the 1700s. I’m using all mixed media for my portraits. In the summer, I will go back to the town of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico and work on new ceramic pieces.
Name a few spots in or around Cabo where you get inspiration.
I love swimming in the ocean. I am part of an amazing group called Baja Women, and we do open water swimming, which just makes my day. After, the inspiration flows.
I really like going to La Panaderia, a super cute restaurant and café in the center of town. I get inspired by the food and the crowd that eat there.
Blue Fish in Cabo is also one of my favorite spots. There, you get the freshest fish and the best sake. I leave happy and inspired after seeing Chef Memo create his masterpieces.
I also work in interiors, so I get a lot of inspiration on the amazing homes and hotels we are lucky to have here, all of them decorated by the top interior design firms.