ZOYA TAYLOR Born 1960, lives and works in Oslo, Norway

Jamaican-Canadian, self-taught artist Zoya Taylor began painting full-time in 2000. Since then she has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, biennales and art fairs worldwide. Taylor experiments with the human form, and more particularly the face. Her figures elicit an emotional response. Their “gazes” are watchful and create an illusion of observation, as if the paintings are brought to life.

Taylor uses her own history, memories and moments that surround her to give form to the intangible, invisible emotions of the experience of transition, dislocation and marginalization; an exploration of the idea of self in “diaspora identity.” Living between cultures, languages, and disciplines added to the artist’s cast of characters. These characters can be seen as a visual biography of the myriad of invisible others whom she carries around with her. By evoking the personal, the artist seeks to provide space for the political.

“My art falls somewhat outside but I guess that is only fitting. I paint the cast of characters which fill the spaces in between. The misfits who find themselves between cultures, continents, languages and disciplines. These characters hopefully appeal to our universal, common needs, desires and fears.”

``My art falls somewhat outside but I guess that is only fitting. I paint the cast of characters which fill the spaces in between. The misfits who find themselves between cultures, continents, languages and disciplines. These characters hopefully appeal to our universal, common needs, desires and fears.”
Selected Works