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CREATING VIVID, ENGAGING ART AS A PLATFORM FOR CONNECTION
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‘My dancing abstract paintings have beats, rhythms and patterns which resonate with hope, joy and power.’
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Computational Art, Masters in Fine Art - 2020
University of Bath
Politics with Economics Bsc - 2009
Professional Development Courses
Royal Drawing School - December 2017
Victoria and Albert Museum - November 2017
Frieze Academy - November 2017
Tate Modern Conference - October 2017
Art for Air, Old Bank Vault (UK), 2019
Blessed Art Thou Amongst Women, Mount St Jesuit Centre (UK), 2019
getLerped, Goldsmiths College (UK), 2018
Renaissance, Espace7(France), 2018
Chapter Ten, Library Members Club (UK), 2018
Still Life, Glasgow Distillery (Scotland), 2017
Still Life, House for an Art Lover, (Scotland), 2017
Landscape, Westonbirt Arboretum (UK), 2017
Expression (solo), Library Members Club ( UK) , 2015
Bokani has developed a method over several years of creating rational patterns that lead the viewers’ eye across the paintings, reminiscent of the dancing African printed cloths of her childhood.
Bokani’s work is characterised by spontaneous, vibrant colour, fuelled by an exploration of themes and motifs engaging the viewer intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Painting has empowered her to move past the childhood loss of both parents to resolve questions of global female identity, black African heritage, loss and belonging.
Bokani’s resilient, triumphant and optimistic attitude is conveyed by the powerful and vivid use of colour, structure and texture. This tension between creative abandon, emotional expression and technical discipline elicit dynamic responses, creating works that are an on-going conversation between the artist and the viewer.
Her digital works are infused with her colourful aesthetic and spiritual conversation, engaging with the powerful technology influences of our time; machine learning, computer visioning and artificial intelligence.
Bokani Tshidzu was born in Zimbabwe and moved to England as a teenager. Her work is blending an African sensibility with the traditions of conceptual western art.
She was co-founder of a sustainability software firm for six years and has worked in finance and politics. Following a spiritual journey on foot across the north of Spain, on the Ignatian Camino, Bokani made the commitment to working as an artist. She was discovered by BBC 1 for the show ‘The Big Painting Challenge’, and won the public vote in the first week.
She is living and working in Bow, in London’s East End. Her work has been exhibited across the UK and in Paris. She is represented in London by Shoreditch gallery, The Old Bank Vault.