Talia Hayward is a Zambian born artist with an instantly recognizable style. Her work needs to be seen to be believed. The mosaics contain extremely fine detail achieved through Talia’s painstaking effort, creating her portraits using thousands of Talia’s signature medium of coins as well as washers, buttons or paper.
Growing up as an orphan in a third world country had its challenges, she was often deprived of the basic means to create art. This did not stop her, on the contrary, it made her more resourceful and hightened her creativity. With an innate talent, passion for creative arts and hard work, she developed her skill throughout the years.
“Art is in me” she says. “Everything that is, is art and to have the ability to bring my imagination to life is a gift that nothing could take away from me not even deprivation. I found myself intrigued and drawn to the concept of mosaic, the idea where small independent objects are placed together to create a bigger picture. It is very much like real life, just like a mosaic, we all are small objects that paint a bigger picture.”
Talia creates intricate photo-realist portraits often forcing the viewer to question if her mosaics are, in fact paintings. Each work comprises many pieces, all fastened by hand, and impressively finished.
Her mosaic work is bought by private clients and international organizations. Talia Hayward is available for private portrait commission and can create personal mosaic portraits from photography.