Born in Kintampo, Ghana and currently lives in the Bronx, NY. Integral to his artistic philosophy and practice is the necessity of community, and Tijay devotes much of his energies towards creating and volunteering in community-based programs. He has exhibited his work internationally, including features at the Longwood Art Gallery (NY), Green Drake Art Gallery (PA), Lincoln Medical Center (NY), The National Museum of Ghana (Ghana), and Ravel D’Art (Côte d’Ivoire). Tijay has also organized workshops and community based projects with numerous organizations including the Studio Museum Harlem (NY), Wallach Art Gallery (NY), University of Ghana Performance Art Center (Ghana), the Brooklyn Museum (NY), Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (NY), and Pinto Road Community Centre (Arima, Trinidad and Tobago). In addition, he has received numerous accolades and grants and is a recipient of the Arts Fund and Artist for Community grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Create Change initiative through The Laundromat Project (NY), and the Spanish Embassy Ghana Painters Award. He participated in the Global Crit Clinic, Asiko Artist Residency (Ghana), Harmattan Workshop (Nigeria), and Community Workers Training (NY). Tijay is currently completing a residency at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (NY) in January 2020
In my multimedia site-specific installations, I assemble day-to-day objects into symbolic engaging discoveries as group portraits. I communicate the hopefulness in discarded remains (fabric scraps, Metrocards etc.) of our lives that are often overlooked, forgotten or no longer valuable but they recall the history of their previous breaths and proprietors. This process is inspired by “Sankofa” a symbol which means learning from the past for a prosperous future” I hope that I insinuate greater relationship to our diaries, aspirations, and letdowns in addressing issues of migration, historical, and gender equality.
Intimate and pronounced affairs, and history and new meanings lead the discourse between my art and the audience.
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