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.
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.
Current and upcoming
2020 Port Moody Art Centre - Port Moody, Canada (cancelled due to COVID-19)
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
2015 Luciano Benetton Art Collection - Imago Mundi Art
2020 - https://www.silkpurse.ca/art-unlocked-virtual-exhibition , 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
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
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