Tajh Rust was born in 1989 in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011 with a BFA in Painting and Film. He is currently a 2019 MFA candidate at Yale University School of Art.
Tajh Rust’s environmental portrait paintings explore the relationships between black identity and space. He collaborates with his subjects to determine how they are represented and also employs film and literary references to draw connections between portraiture, language, and modes of representation.
Rust’s work has been exhibited throughout America, and he will be shown in the upcoming exhibition, ‘Familiar Boundaries, Infinite Possibilities’, which will be presented at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh from October 12, 2018 – March 24, 2019. Rust’s new work will be shown alongside national and international contemporary artists who draw from themes that question society’s obsession with tradition, policing, consumption and indulgence.
Rust currently lives and works in New Haven, CT