Tariku Shiferaw

Tariku Shiferaw explores painting and societal structures through mark-making and is part of a growing group of Black artists using abstraction as a way to engage questions of equity, justice and race related questions but also to embed them in an art historical framework that was previously inaccessible.


Raised in Los Angeles, Shiferaw earned his BFA from the University of Southern California. In 2015, he received his MFA from Parsons School of Design. Solo exhibitions include, "This Ain't Safe", Cathouse Proper, New York (2018); "Only God Can Judge Me", Vault Gallery, Montpelier, VT; "Erase Me", at Addis Fine Art, London (2017); "One Of These Black Boys", Anthony Philip Fine Art, New York (2017). Selected group exhibitions include "Men of Change",  with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Service (upcoming 2019);  "To Dream Avant-Garde", Hammond Harkins Galleries, Ohio (2018); "If I go there, I won't stay there" Ltd Los Angeles, Los Angeles (2018); Without Qualities, Addis Fine Art at Private View, New York (2018);The 2017 Whitney Biennial as part of Occupy Museum's Debtfair; "A Poet*hical Wager" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2017);  Tariku is currently participating in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum  of American Art. His work has been featured in Hyperallergic, the Washington Post, and Art In America, among a variety of other publications. Shiferaw currently lives and works in New York.