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 question while formulating a wholly contemporary artistic message. Djuya's work has been exhibited and collected since 2015, and has found its way into the hand 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.
Current and upcoming
- Silk Purse Art Centre "West Vancouver Community Arts Council" - "Transformation" Virtual Art Exhibition - West Vancouver July 7- August 7, 2020
- Port Moody Art Centre - Port Moody, Canada April 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)
- Seymour Art Gallery - postponed to 2021 North Vancouver, Canada
- Silk Purse Art Centre "West Vancouver Community Arts Council" - "Art Unlocked" Virtual Art Exhibition - West Vancouver May 19 - June 26, 2020
- April 7- May 15, 2020 - Silk Purse Art Centre "West Vancouver Community Arts Council" - Distant Together Virtual Art Exhibition - West Vancouver
- April 10-30/ 2020 - Federation of Canadian Artists - 2020 Social distancing - Vancouver, Canada
- March 2020 - Access Gallery - Vancouver, Canada
- May 3/ 2018 – Port Moody Art Centre - Port Moody
- Feb 13/ 2018 – Silk Purse Gallery – West Vancouver
- Nov 16/ 2017– North Vancouver Arts Council / City Scape Art space – North Vancouver
- October 2017 - UNICEF GALA - Calgary, Canada
- September 4/ 2017 Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery - Vancouver, Canada
- August 2017 - Imago Mundi Collection exhibition dedicated to Canada for its 150th ----Anniversary - "Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettre ed Arti, Venice and Venice Biennale Viva Art Viva
- June 25/ 2017 - Seymour Art Gallery - West Vancouver
- 2017 Canada – Shortlisted artist of “All for Change” - Aga Khan Foundation Canada
- February 14/ 2017 - Spectrum - Silk Purse Gallery - West Vancouver, Canada
- October 1/ 2016 – Art 4 Life – Port Moody Art Centre – Port Moody
- June 21/ 2016 – Art Party – Seymour Art Gallery – West Vancouver
- April 13/ 2016 - UNICEF Water for Life Gala- Halifax, Canada
- May 2016 – Shortlisted Together Art Contest “AllForChange” – Aga Khan Foundation Canada
- February 2/2016 – Love in Any Languages – Ferry Building Gallery- West Vancouver
- February 1/ 2016 – Solo Exhibition – Port Moody Public Library
- January 13/2016 - Solo exhibition “Arzo & Omid” _Hope & Wish- Michael Wright Art Gallery – Port Coquitlam
- December 12/ 2015 - Tao of Paper and Clay - Michael Wright Art Gallery - Port Coquitlam
- Nov.19/2015- Anonymous Show- North Vancouver Community Arts Council
- Nov.5/ 2015- Winter Treasures - Port Moody Art Centre "City of Arts"
- Representing Canadian Art in "Imago Mundi Global Project" Italy - Port Moody Art Centre "City of Arts" – Port Moody
2020 - , West Vancouver - Silkpurse Gallery
- 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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