Tavena Mejdouli has shown an early interest in the fine arts due to the influence of her loving father, Gustavo Longoria, who was an active artist in Chicago. Tavena's style integrates figure art, realism, and whimsical elements from psychology and spirituality. Since 2014, she has discovered oil painting after practice in multiple mediums, including drawing, acrylics, and watercolor. These days, Mejdouli is oil painting and a teaching artist. 
"I strive to capture essence with realism. My human experience is the filter. We all see the world through a personal interpretation, such as  experiences, beliefs, and emotion. The entirety of the world is not objective, just logic. When I paint, I think it reflects my craving for human intimacy. My mission as an artist is to combine and improve technical and intuitive painting, to invoke inner self discovery and emotions in others."

EDUCATION & CLASSES
Figure Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Foundations and Portraiture, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Mil waukee, WI
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Art Teacher Certification, Region 4, Houston, TX
EXHIBITIONS
2017 JoMar Visions Art Excellence Juried Competition, Houston, TX
2008 National Museum of Women in the Arts
2007 Deland Fall Festival, Deland, FL
AWARDS & EVENTS
2019 Artist in ViaColori Chalk Festival, Houston, TX
2019 “Always and Never” Solo Art Show at JoMar Visions, Houston, TX
2018 Artist in ViaColori Chalk Festival, Houston, TX
2017 "Top Five Artists," JoMar Visions Art Excellence Juried Competition, Houston, TX
2012 Summer Portfolio Scholarship, San Francisco, CA
2010 Dean Scholarship at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
2007 4th Annual Youth Award for Outstanding Exhibit, Deland, FL