Tahnee Jaftoran (TAJA) is a self-taught artist from Amsterdam. Her paintings are an exploration of the human psyche, particularly our sense of self, and that self in relation to others and our surroundings. She draws inspiration mostly from her own experiences and those of others who share their stories with her, and who often become the subjects of her work. Through the use of acrylics on canvas or wood she makes a visual representation of the infinite complexities of the human experience. Her style is a mix of street art, (sur)realism, psychedelia and sci-fi art. Most paintings are set against a backdrop that tells a story about the subject’s state of mind. They are surrounded by their mood and emotions. Sometimes this expression is symbolic, other times it’s more vague and abstract, consisting mostly of forms and colors. Often a work contains both, seeing as our minds are inherently inconsistent, both literal and vague, metaphoric and realistic, up and down, beautiful and ugly, black and white. In a hurried and hyperconnected society focused on shallow impressions of others, her work sparks the question whether we would treat each other differently, if we could see everyone's inner life this vividly.
06/2023 - PopUp-Co, group exhibition, Open Oost
01/2023 - Beeld en Storm, group exhibition, Culturele Stelling van Amsterdam
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