About

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

 

Her practice stems from a critical view of socio-political and cultural issues as well as interpersonal themes. She weaves together memories from childhood with inspiration that arises from her present-day life. For Djuya, symbolism can be found in everything in our world. Through her work she invites viewers to rethink how they perceive things on first glance and to think beyond their surface presentation.  Her paintings are a reflection of her life, rife with references to both her personal past of living between the East and West and that of ancient history. Within them she addresses a wide range of topics, from the sociopolitical to humor, to metaphysical aspects of objects, symbolism, and the existence of being. 

Paradoxes are a primary focus of Djuya’s work. She explores themes such as the interplay of light and dark, the duality of love and war, the positive and negative energy that exists in the universe, and an order that stems from chaos. Djuya finds balance in this process, taking her to a space where she feels a spiritual connection to the universe. With her practice, she seeks to entertain the viewer while simultaneously creating a space for the exchange of ideas, making connections between old and new, and opening possibilities for dialogue.

Djuya has exhibited at the Michael Wright Art Gallery and she has participated in group exhibitions at Access Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery offsite exhibition space, Seymour Art Gallery, The Silk Purse Gallery, North Vancouver Arts Council, Port Moody Art Center, Ferry Building Gallery, and the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery. Her work has found its way into private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Selected exhibition

2022 Burnaby Art Gallery Offsite Exhibition - May to September 2022

2022 Silk Purse Art Centre "West Vancouver Community Arts Council' - Spectrum - West Vancouver 

2022 Benjamin Lumb Art House - "White Cube" - West Vancouver

2021 Silk Purse Art Centre "West Vancouver Community Arts Council" - "Spectrum" - West Vancouver 

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

2016 Tao of Paper and Clay - 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"

 

Collections

2015 Luciano Benetton Art Collection - Imago Mundi Art

Grants and Awards

2021 Canada Council For Arts - Explore and Create 

Media 

2022 - West Coast Curated, Vancouver 

    https://westcoastcurated.com/5-public-art-to-see-in-burnaby/

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

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2016 - TriCity Newpaper, Port Coquitlam, BC Canada

 

    https://www.tricitynews.com/local-arts/artist-goes-from-group-to-solo-show-in-port-coquitlam-3024449

 

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

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