Tamana S.H. Djuya , born in 1984, is a contemporary visual artist who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
She is a multidisciplinary artist with an interest in abstract expressionism, representational art, cartoons, and sculptures. Her artwork, produced using a variety of forms, explores issues related to the human condition, sociopolitical cross-cultural dialog, and the environment. Her projects often consist of multiple forms of media and non-traditional materials. They fuse her experience and memories of war, destruction, and chaos.
Tamana likes to play with visual codes, lay out images, and overlap them to connect different ideas and perspectives. There is a childlike curiosity and freedom in her artwork. Her latest project is an assemblage of her childhood memories, layered in forms and dark backgrounds and overlapped with vibrant colours and expressive gestures. Her distinct application of ink washes in non-representational form is influenced by Asian calligraphy.
Tamana’s artistic vocabulary raises historical and timeless questions while formulating a wholly contemporary artistic message. Her work is inspired by artists like Jack Shadbolt and George Condo. Djuya's work has been exhibited and collected since 2015, and has found its way into the hands of private collectors in Canada, USA, and Europe.
My artwork depicts a critical view of socio-political and cultural issues as well as interpersonal themes. I draw together different thoughts that come to my mind, to create artworks that invite a rethinking of how we see things. Regularly, I try to deploy ironic humour associated with absurdity in my artworks. The idea behind my work is to entertain but also to create a ‘space’ that provides an opportunity for exchanging ideas and making connections between old and new, in order to open up possibilities for dialogue.
In my paintings, I explore memories and express my feelings through drawings and paintings. I like the freedom of playing with the media to create small accidents and unexpected surprises. In addition, I like to work with ‘controllable’, which is also a spontaneous and unpredictable medium like ink and water, which contains the power of the universe. The more one wants to control it, the more one realizes that it is out of control. It is like “The controllable in an uncontrollable world”. It is impossible to predict the outcome of a creation, which for me is something particularly amazing.
Art remains a strong contender of how we share thoughts and ideas and remains an unpredictable source of imagination.
Silk Purse Art Centre "West Vancouver Community Arts Council" - Distant Together Virtual Art Exhibition - West Vancouver - April 7-30, 2020 < Port Moody Art Centre - Port Moody, Canada April 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19) < Seymour Art Gallery - North Vancouver, Canada 2020
< Access Gallery - Vancouver, Canada March 2020 < Port Moody Art Centre - Port Moody, Canada 2018 < Silk Purse Gallery - West Vancouver, Canada 2018 < CityScape Art Space / North Vancouver Community art space - North Vancouver, Canada 2017 < UNICEF GALA - Calgary, Canada 2017 < Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery - Vancouver, Canada 2017 < Venice and Venice Biennale Viva Art Viva - Italy - Imago Mundi Collection exhibition dedicated to Canada for its 150th Anniversary - "Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettre ed Arti - 2017 < Seymour Art Gallery - West Vancouver, Canada 2017 < Aga Khan Foundation - Shortlisted artist of “All for Change” - 2017 > Spectrum - Silk Purse Gallery - West Vancouver, Canada 2017 < Art 4 Life – Port Moody Art Centre – Port Moody, Canada 2016 > Seymour Art Gallery – Art Party- West Vancouver, Canada 2016 < UNICEF Water for Life Gala- Halifax, Canada 2016 < Aga Khan Foundation - Shortlisted Together Art Contest “AllForChange” – Canada 2016 < Ferry Building Gallery- Love in Any Languages – West Vancouver, Canada 2016 < Solo Exhibition – Port Moody Public Library, Canada 2016 < Michael Wright Art Gallery - Solo exhibition “Arzo & Omid” _Hope & Wish- Port Coquitlam, Canada 2016 < Michael Wright Art Gallery - Tao of Paper and Clay - Port Coquitlam, Canada 2015 < North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Anonymous Show- Canada 2015 < Port Moody Art Centre "City of Arts" - Winter Treasures - Canada 2015 < Port Moody Art Centre - Representing Canadian Art in "Imago Mundi Global Project" Italy - Canada 2015
2016 - UNICEF Water for Life Gala
2016- Snapd Tricities magazine, Port Moody, BC, Canada
2016- Aga Khan Foundation, Canada, Shortlisted within the finalists of “Together Art Contest”
2016 - TriCity Newpaper, Port Coquitlam, BC Canada
2015- Snapd Tricities magazine, Port Moody, BC, Canada
2015- TriCity Newspaper, Port Coquitlam,BC, Canada
2014 Canada - Illustration - Emily Carr University of Art and Design – Vancouver, Canada
2014 Canada - Painting - "City of Arts" Port Moody Art Centre
2014 Canada- Painting Workshops - Port Coquitlam
2013/2014 Canada- Classical Drawing- Port Moody Art Centre "City of Arts"
2003 Germany- Degree in Business and Economics
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