Tariku Shiferaw was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, raised in Los Angeles, CA, and presently lives and works in New York City. Through his current body of work titled, “One of These Black Boys,” Shiferaw explores mark-making in order to address the physical and metaphysical spaces of painting and societal structures.


2019 Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program/ New York, NY
2015 MFA, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2007 BFA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


Solo Exhibitions:
This Ain’t Safe, Cathouse Proper, Brooklyn, NY
Only God Can Judge Me, Vault Gallery, Montpelier, VT
Erase Me, Addis Fine Art – (London – project space), London, UK
One of These Black Boys, Anthony Philip Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
Select Group Exhibitions:
Men of Change, California African American Museum (CAAM), Organized by The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Los Angeles, CA
6 Plus 1, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, OH
In Plain Sight/Site, Artspace, curated by Niama Sandy, New Haven, CT
To Dream Avant-Garde, Hammond Harkins Galleries, curated by Alteronce Gumby, Columbus, OH
If I go there, I won’t stay there, Ltd. Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Without Qualities, Addis Fine Art, organized by Privateview, New York, NY
Hyphen American, Gallery 102, curated by Tsedaye Makonnen and Alexandra Delafkaran, Washington, D.C.
People I LoveWho Are Far Away, E.Tay Gallery, curated by Christina Papanicola and Gina Malek, New York, NY
Into Action, organized by For Freedoms and Task Force, Los Angeles, CA
The Paddock III: Posted to Paris, organized by the Paddock group, Galerie Abstract Project, Paris, France.
2017 Whitney Biennial, as part of Occupy Museums’ Debtfair project/ Whitney Museum of American Art/ New York, NY
A Poet*hical Wager, Museum Of Contemporary Art Cleveland, curated by Andria Hickey/ Cleveland, OH
Black Magic: AfroPasts/AfroFutures, Honfleur Gallery, curated by Niama Sandy, Washington, D.C.
Leaving Home, Cathouse FUNeral Harvested/ Curated by David Dixon/ Beacon, NY
Hard Cry, Lubov, curated by Gabriel H. Sanchez, New York, NY
Life Sized, Anthony Philip Gallery/ curated by Anthony Phillip/ Brooklyn, NY
Introductions 2016, Trestle Gallery, curated by Jim Osman, Brooklyn, NY
Atavast, Room Service Gallery, Standard Practice, Curated by Jessie English, Brooklyn, NY
The Stars Aren’t Stars, Art Over Politics – project space, organized by Katie Ruiz, Brooklyn, NY
In Between Abstraction: Bluewolf Scholarship Exhibition, Bluewolf Headquarters/ New York, NY
Process: Concept, Parsons Festival, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY
Off Pink, Parsons MFA Thesis Exhibition, curated by Tina Kukielski, The Kitchen, New York, NY
New Work/ New York, New York wide MFA Biennial, presented by St. Nicks Alliance and Arts@Renaissance, curated by Kat Griefen, Brooklyn, NY
Threshold/ 25East Gallery/ curated by Andrea Geyer, New York, NY
Sound, Color, and Form/ 25 East Gallery/ New York, NY
States of Becoming/ 25 East Gallery/ New York, NY
Arterie, Gallery Godo, Glendale, CA
Godoistic, Gallery Godo, Glendale, CA
Out of the Dark: Interactive Art exhibition, curated by Peter Bobbs, Hollywood, CA
Emerging Artists: Painting and Photography, Alitash Kebede Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Myspace, Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Senior Painting, Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA