Art Talk: The Black and Blue Works of Tariku Shiferaw

AMMO Magazine, March 12, 2019

Tariku Shiferaw is an Ethiopian born artist who explores the nature of societal structures through painting and mark-making. He utilizes Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Reggae song titles as a kind of point of reference to real life stories, and emphasizing the everyday struggle of the Black artist, and their since of place. Shiferaw uses pattern to not just develop a specific aesthetic, but to represent Black bodies and how they inhabit a distinct space. Shiferaw was raised in Los Angeles, and has earned a BFA from the University of Southern California, and a MFA from Parsons School of Design.

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