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zoya taylor

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zoya_photo02Zoya Taylor has developed a highly individualistic style of figuration and an incredibly idiosyncratic body of work that centers on a recurring cast of characters drawn partly from memories of a childhood spent in Jamaica, but very much a production of her psyche.  Hers is a world inhabited by wide-eyed waifs, world-weary grandmothers, wistful spinsters, braggadocios and rude-boys.  Her characters exhibit a curious mixture of innocence and worldliness and embody the duality in human nature.  Her view on the human condition is that “we all have a cast of characters that define our lives. Personal demons or angels--spiritual or not, there’s a commonality in these characters. They draw on human themes of secrecy, pride and hurt, but also humor and love.”

Zoya Taylor, was born in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.  She spent her early childhood in Germany and moved with her Jamaican father and Canadian mother to Kingston, Jamaica when she was eight.  Her academic career includes a Masters degree in International Social Work, and teaching experience at universities in Canada, Jamaica and Norway.  She is essentially a self-taught artist, but has taken classes in painting, sculpture and drawing.  She enjoys gallery representation in the USA, Jamaica, Germany and Norway, and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Kingston, Jamaica; Berlin, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Oslo, Norway; Florence, Italy; and London, England.  In 2009 she was awarded the President’s Award at the Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy.  She currently lives in Oslo, Norway.

résumé

b. Vancouver, Canada

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2008  128 Gallerie, Kingston, Jamaica
2007  Falleri Elenor, Oslo, Norway
2007  Bill Hodges Gallery, New York, NY
2006  Gallery Twenty-Four, Berlin, Germany
2005  Galeria Zero, Barcelona, Spain
2005  Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway
2003  Clodion Art Cafe, Oslo, Norway

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010  “Drawn Together” curated by Avisca Fine Art, New York, NY
2010  “A Wonan’s Work”, Avisca Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2009  Florence Biennale 2009, Florence, Italy
2009  National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
2008  Avisca Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2007  Aalesunds Kunstforening, Aalesund, Norway
2007  Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway
2007  Embrace Art Fair, Atlanta, GA
2007  Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway
2007  National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
2007  Galleri Elenor, Oslo, Norway
2007  Hole Art Center, Hole, Norway
2006  Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway
2006  Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway
2006  Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway
2006  Raw Art Fair, Florence, Italy
2006  National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
2006  Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway
2006  Raw Art Fair, London, England

AWARDS
2009  President’s Award Florence Biennale 2009, Florence, Italy

Works by Zoya Taylor


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