Biography

Tamana S.H. Djuya , born in 1984, is a multidisciplinary visual artist who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

 

Djuya’s work draws from abstract expressionisms’ exploration of the subconscious and the practices of Automatism. Her work engages with modes of representation, through sculpture and popular cartoons. Comprised of many forms and non-traditional materials her work explores issues related to the human condition, inequality and racial injustice, sociopolitical cross-cultural dialogue, and the environment. Starting from research, Djuya’s practice often fuses her experience, with her memories of destruction and chaos as a child growing up during the war. 

 

Playing with visual codes, the layout of images and meanings, overlapping and connecting them to different ideas and perspectives, Djuya’s work has a youthful curiosity. The sense of freedom found in the movement of her paintings is a result of her intention to respond to the contemporary world with an aesthetic she would describe as humour, absurdity and raw honesty. 

 

Djuya’s work has been exhibited since 2015, and has found its way into private collections in Canada, the US and Europe.

 

Statement

 

My artwork depicts a critical view of socio-political and cultural issues as well as interpersonal themes. 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, and a rethinking how different cultural centres perceive things, in order to open up possibilities for dialog.  

Comprised of many forms and materials my work plays with visual codes, meanings and connections, and I often invite the subconscious into my process. Interested in the uncontrollability of natural elements, I enjoy the unpredictability of ink and water to create artworks that are organic in their fluidity and pattern. 

In my series, I explore notions of chance; welcome small accidents and unexpected surprises. Technically and spiritually there is an energy in my work, which is based on internal expression and the internal spirit captured using forms to create abstract expressionism artworks that reflects the tension that resides beneath hope, and its continuous renewal.

Art remains a strong contender of how we share thoughts and ideas and remains an unpredictable source of imagination. 

Selected exhibition

Current and upcoming 

 

2020 Port Moody Art Centre - Port Moody, Canada  (cancelled due to COVID-19) 

Past

2020 Silk Purse Art Centre "West Vancouver Community Arts Council" - "Transformation" Virtual Art Exhibition - West Vancouver

2020 Silk Purse Art Centre "West Vancouver Community Arts Council" -"Art Unlocked" Virtual Art Exhibition - West Vancouver

2020 Silk Purse Art Centre "West Vancouver Community Arts Council"- Distant Together Virtual Art Exhibition - West Vancouver 

2020 Federation of Canadian Artists - 2020 Social distancing - Vancouver, Canada 

2020 Access Gallery - Vancouver, Canada

2018 Port Moody Art Centre - Port Moody

2018 Silk Purse Gallery – West Vancouver

2017 North Vancouver Arts Council / City Scape Art space – North Vancouver

2017 UNICEF GALA - Calgary, Canada

 

2017 Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery - Vancouver, Canada​

2017 Imago Mundi Collection exhibition dedicated to Canada for its 150th ----Anniversary - "Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettreed Arti, Venice and Venice Biennale Viva Art Viva 

2017 Seymour Art Gallery - West Vancouver

2017 Canada – Shortlisted artist of “All for Change” - Aga Khan Foundation Canada

2017 Spectrum - Silk Purse Gallery - West Vancouver, Canada 

2016 Art 4 Life – Port Moody Art Centre – Port Moody

2016 UNICEF Water for Life Gala- Halifax, Canada

 

2016 Shortlisted Together Art Contest “AllForChange” – Aga Khan Foundation Canada

 

2016 Love in Any Languages – Ferry Building Gallery- West Vancouver

2016 Solo Exhibition – Port Moody Public Library

2016 Solo exhibition “Arzo & Omid” _Hope & Wish- Michael Wright Art Gallery – Port Coquitlam

2015 Anonymous Show- North Vancouver Community Arts Council

2015 Representing Canadian Art in "Imago Mundi Global Project" Italy - Port Moody Art Centre "City of Arts" – Port Moody

 

2015 Winter Treasures - Port Moody Art Centre "City of Arts"

2015 Tao of Paper and Clay - Michael Wright Art Gallery - Port Coquitlam 

 

Collections

2015 Luciano Benetton Art Collection - Imago Mundi Art

 

Media 

2020 - https://www.silkpurse.ca/art-unlocked-virtual-exhibition , West Vancouver - Silkpurse Gallery 

 

2016 - UNICEF Water for Life Gala

 

    https://www.unicef.ca/en/donate/article/chefs-for-unicef-water-for-life-gala-event-in-halifax

 

2016- Snapd Tricities magazine, Port Moody, BC, Canada

    https://tricitiesbc.snapd.com/event/985738#/

    https://images.snapd.com/p/3116934/1/0/4d578fd32cf94cafad9577f8e35c7d3d

2016- Aga Khan Foundation, Canada, Shortlisted within the finalists of “Together Art Contest”

 

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/akfcanada/sets/72157665295588956

    https://www.wishpond.com/lp/1422671/entries/81422948

    https://www.wishpond.com/lp/1422671/

2016 - TriCity Newpaper, Port Coquitlam, BC Canada

 

    http://www.tricitynews.com/entertainment/artist-goes-from-group-to-solo-show-in-port-coquitlam-1.2147430

 

2015- Snapd Tricities magazine, Port Moody, BC, Canada

 

-   https://tricitiesbc.snapd.com/event/890444#/

 

 

Education 

 

2014 - Illustration - Emily Carr University of Art and Design – Vancouver, Canada

 

2013-2014 - Classical Drawing and Painting - "City of Arts" Port Moody, Canada

2003 - Degree in Business and Economics, Germany

©2014-2020 All Rights Reserved 

  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn - Black Circle