Painter and illustrator Atabey Sánchez-Haiman wants to make people smile through art. A Brown graduate and Providence transplant by way of Puerto Rico, Michigan, England, Spain and Ireland, Atabey has a uniquely whimsical approach to art. After two years of selling her bright and bold art in local stores and at art shows, she combined her love of painting and illustrating with her dream of owning a business by opening the Giraffes and Robots Studio last year.
Setting out to create an art studio that simply makes people smile, the colorful space is the epitome of happiness. “I love it when people comment on how colorful and fun it is here,” she says. “That’s exactly what I was trying to achieve when I created this space. I wanted it to feel as if you’re entering one of my paintings or illustrations.”
Atabey continues to sell her artwork at stores like Craftland and Providence Picture Frame and she participates at fairs like the Providence Artisan Market and Providence Flea. “I love the art community in Providence and my wonderful customers. I can’t thank them all enough for supporting my small business and making my dream of being a professional artist a reality!”
Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street Studio 2219, Pawtucket