Photo credit Christopher Garcia Valle

Ep.185 features Tariku Shiferaw, a New York based artist who explores mark-making through painting and installation art, addressing issues around space-making within art and societal structures. Select museum exhibitions include The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century at Baltimore Museum of Art (2023); You’d Think By Now at Smack Mellon (2022); Men of Change, organized by The Smithsonian Institution, and held at the California African American Museum (CAAM), (2021); Unbound at the Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), (2020); What’s Love Got to Do with It? at The Drawing Center (2019); A Poet*hical Wager at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2017-2018); and the 2017 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Shiferaw has participated in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2018-2019), in Open Sessions at The Drawing Center (2018-2020) and has been an artist-in-residence at the LES Studio Program in New York City, at the World Trade Center through Silver Art Projects, and at ARCAthens in Greece.


The Brooklyn Rail (2023) Art in Conversation: Tariku Shiferaw with Charles M. Schultz

Artsy (2022) With Spectacular Installations and Abstractions, Artists Redress…

NY Times (2022)  These Artists’ Hunt for Studio Space Ended at The World Trade…

The Washington Post (2022) In The Galleries: Connecting Modern Abstraction…

LA Times (2022) The Take: The Faces of Frieze…

Artsy (2021) The Artsy Vanguard 2021: Tariku Shiferaw

Brooklyn Rail (2021) It’s a love thang, it’s a joy thang

Artnet (2021) ‘Joy Can Be an Act of Resistance’: Rising-Star Artist Tariku Shiferaw on

Cultured Mag (2021) Five Contemporary Black Artists You Should Know

Art Papers (2020) Tariku Shiferaw

Brooklyn Rail (2020) Abstraction in the Black Diaspora

Hyperallergic (2020) Black Artists Claim Their Birthright of Abstraction

Wallpaper (2020) Five African Artists Demonstrating Creative Resilience in Challenging Times

Financial Times (2020) Could the Art World’s Experiment with Online Fairs Force A Healthy Rethink?

Hyperallergic (2020) What Does It Mean To Exhibit “Black Excellence”?

Barron’s Penta Magazine (2020) “Contemporary Artists on Art and Society”

Cosmic Egg
acrylic on canvas
96 x 96 inches

A Sign in Space
acrylic, ceramics, sound, chain-link-fence, canvas
dimension variable

Higher (Tems)
2020 – 2023
acrylic on stretched plastic
60 x 48 inches

Untitled (D’Angelo)
acrylic on canvas