Tenaya Sims received a BFA in painting and drawing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After working several years as a graphic artist in the video games industry for Activision, he began his classical studies at the Jeff Watts Atelier in Encinitas, CA. He then moved to Seattle where he has completed four years of full-time study in the Gage Classical Atelier.
Tenaya has shown at the Fountainhead Gallery. He is the recipient of the Stanley R. Wright Foundation award (2004) and the Robert DeZordo Estate award (2005). He is also the winner of the 1st place portrait, 1st place mastercopy, and 2nd place figure prizes at the Gage Academy of Art annual show.
Tenaya has also taught classes at Gage Academy of Art, Fall City Fine Art Studio and Pratt Fine Arts Center.