Tariku Shiferaw is a New York based artist who works in painting and installation art. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Shiferaw explores mark-making addressing the physical and metaphysical spaces of art and social structures. In his ongoing series “One of These Black Boys,” he uses song titles by musicians from the African diaspora to title each work – ranging from Hip-hop to R&B, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, and Afrobeats. In using such titles, his works present other reference points outside of Western art canon.


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:
It’s a love thang, it’s a joy thang, Galerie Lelong, NY, NY (April 1 – May 15, 2021)
Untitled Art Fair, Addis Fine Art, Miami, FL
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:
Unbound, Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), curated by Nzinga Simmons, Atlanta, GA
Men of Change, California African American Museum (CAAM), Organized by The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Los Angeles, CA (traveling 2019 through 2022).
Implied Body, Assembly Room, Curated by Emily Alesandrini, New York, NY (upcoming)
Wasteland, The Drawing Center, Curated by Lisa Sigal and Rosario Güiraldes, New York, NY (Current)
Wu-Tang Clan X Absolute Art, Curated by Oliver “Power” Grant and Diya Vij, New York, NY
Men of Change, National Underground Railroad Center, Organized by The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Cincinnati, OH
6 Plus 1: Featuring Tariku Shiferaw, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, OH
What’s love got to do with it, The Drawing Center, Curated by Lisa Sigal and Rosario Güiraldes, New York, NY
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
Without Qualities, Addis Fine Art/PrivateView organized by Alaina Simone, 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
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
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
States of Becoming/ 25 East Gallery/ New York, NY