Tajh Rust was born in 1989 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011 with a BFA in Painting and Film and from Yale University in 2019 with a MFA in Painting. Rust's work have been exhibited across the USA, including at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, the Bronx Art Space, Rush Arts Philadelphia and Artspace in New Haven in a group show with national and international contemporary artists whose work interrogates society's obsession with tradition, policing and over-consumption.
Rust investigates the concept of representation and his environmental portrait paintings draw on film and literary references. He develops his portraits framed within both interior and outdoor spaces in collaboration with his subjects. While the portraits explore the relationship between black identity and space, he also works in multimedia assemblage investigating the lived experience and effects of American exceptionalism and whiteness in modern day America. Tajh Rust's most recent body of work is influenced by his experiences during his residency at Kehinde Wiley's Black Rock Senegal in Dakar. He lives and works in New Haven, USA.
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