Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn based artist working primarily in oil painting, public art, and multimedia installations. She is from Oklahoma City, born to a Black mother and Iranian father. Tatyana's work is rooted in community engagement and the public sphere. She makes site specific work that considers how people, particularly women, queer folks, and Black and brown people, experience race and gender within their surrounding environments -- from the sidewalk, to retail stores, to the church, to the workplace. She is the creator of Stop Telling Women to Smile, an international street art series that tackles gender-based street harassment.

Tatyana has spoken about her work and process at institutions such as National Museum of African American History and Culture, Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, as well as several schools including Brown, Pratt, Stanford, and The New School. Fazlalizadeh has been profiled by the New York Times, NPR, the New Yorker, and Time Magazine. In 2018, she became the inaugural Public Artist in Residence for the New York City Commission on Human Rights. The impact of Fazlalizadeh's work spread to popular culture when she collaborated with director Spike Lee to base all of the artwork featured in his Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It, on her work. She also served as the show's art consultant. In 2020, Tatyana's debut book, Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We're Taking Back Our Power, released from Seal Press.

Artist Residencies

2023 Kino Saito, Verplanck, NY

2021 MoMA PS1, Queens, NY

University Residencies

2022 University of Michigan Institute of Humanities Mellon Foundation Fellowship

2017 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

2014 Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Public Art Residencies

2019 New York City Commission on Human Rights, New York, NY

2017 Amplifier Foundation, Seattle, WA

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Speaking to Falling Seeds, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2022 Pressed Against My Own Glass, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2021 The Day is Past and Gone, Greenwood Art Projects, Tulsa, OK

2019 Oklahoma is Black, Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK

2018 Personal is Political, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

2017 Not Going Anywhere, BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY

Athena Shrugged, Long Sharp Gallery, New York, NY

2016 Women Are Not Seeking Your Validation, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Recent Works, Butter Gallery, Miami, FL

Group Exhibitions

2022 After the Fire, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY

(mural and community engagement project with Lenny Correra and Nani Chacon)

2021 Black American Portraits, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

2020 Catalyst: Art and Social Justice, Gracie Mansion, New York, NY

Out of Touch, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Mirror, Mirror, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

The New Contemporaries Vol 1, Residency Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015 شگفت آور (fabulous), Shirin Gallery, New York, NY

Public Works: Artists' Interventions 1970s-Now, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

American Survey Pt. 1, Papillon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Vacancy: Urban Interruption and (Re)generation, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL

(in collaboration with artist Amanda Williams)

2014 Painted Portraits, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Social Practice Projects

2012 - ongoing Stop Telling Women to Smile

2016 - 2018 America is Black


2017 - 2019 She’s Gotta Have It, Netflix, dir. Spike Lee

Primary artist and art consultant


2015 Forbers 30 Under 30

Lectures / Artist Talks

2023 University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Symposium

2022 Princeton University

University of Michigan Penny Stamps Lecture

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2018 California State Channel Islands

The University of the Arts

2017 The University of the Arts

NYC Commission on Human Rights Forum

2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Open Engagement Conference

2015 Loyola University

Western Michigan University

Brown University

University of Southern California

University of Texas

Beloit College

University of Montana

Pratt Institute

2014 Brooklyn Museum

Stanford University

Santa Monica College

Georgia State University

George Mason University

Panel Discussions

2023 California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

In conversation with Lena Waithe

2018 Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC

In conversation with Kimberle' Crenshaw, Barbara Arnwire, and Samantha Masters

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

In conversation with Jessica Sabogal and Melinda James

2016 The New School, New York, NY

In conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith, Rembert Brown, and Alexis Coe

Rock the Vote's Truth to Power, Philadelphia, PA

In conversation with Danny Glover, Asheru, Touré, and Aaron Huey

New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA

In conversation with Candy Chang

2015 Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

In conversation with Spike Lee and Kehinde Wiley

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

In conversation with Damon Davis and Dread Scott

Brooklyn Museum , Brooklyn, NY

In conversation with Zanele Muholi and Staceyann Chin

Public Collections

Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art, Washington, DC

Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK

Bibliography (Books)


Christine Kim, Myrtle Elizabeth Andrews, Black American Portraits, Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Brynne Barnes, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Black Girl Rising, Chronicle Books

Deborah Wiles, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Bobby: A Story of Robert F. Kennedy, Scholastic Books


Jasmin Hernandez, We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World, Abrams Books


Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We’re Taking Back Our Power, Seal Press

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham, Black Futures, Penguin Random House


Laura Veirs, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotton, Chronicle Books