Catherine Tafur (catherinetafur)
Catherine Tafur was born in Lima, Peru in 1976 to a Peruvian father and a Japanese mother. After spending the first part of her childhood in Peru and the latter part in Wilmington, Delaware, she moved to New York City to study at the Cooper Union School of Art where she earned her BFA. The artist has since shown her work at venues throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. Tafur’s work uses the image of the body as a way to explore ideas of gender deconstruction, confrontational sexuality, disillusionment and loss of innocence. She transforms personal experiences into allegorical works of poetic representational symbolism, often through painful disfigurements, idealized androgyny, and mutilation. She now lives and works in New York City and is an artist-in-residence at the Brooklyn Artists Gym.
Kindergarten, The WCO Manhattan Open Center, New York City, curated by Aegi Changsuk Park. (Forthcoming)
Indifference and Apocrypha - Cryptic paintings that echo memories, dreams, and childhood, The F.U.E.L. Collection, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Katerina Lydon-Warner.
Crooked Mirror, Envoy Gallery, New York City.
Underbelly, BAG Gallery, Brooklyn New York.
BAG Gallery Presents Catherine Tafur, Mac Support Store, Brooklyn New York. *
Plus One, BAG Gallery, Brooklyn New York.
Body Parts, Luna Lounge, Williamsburg, New York.
Open Ground Classic, Bushwick Open Studios and Arts Festival, Brooklyn New York.
Exhibition 19, 14th Street Painters, New York City.
Fable, The Naked Duck Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York City.
Exhibition 18, 14th Street Painters, New York City.
Postcards From the Edge Visual AIDS Benefit, Robert Miller Gallery, New York City.
Secret Affinities: Encountering the Communion of the Other, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by James Pinney.
Brooklyn Kommt in den Wedding: Ein Brooklyn-Berlin-Austausch, Galerie scherer8, Berlin, Germany, curated by Fridey Mickel.
Abundant Offerings, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by James Pinney.
Surfeit, Zone: chelsea center for the arts, New York City, curated by Tim Dubitsky.
Psychological Archaeology, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by James Pinney.
Touched, Open Ground Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Open Season, Open Ground Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Exhibition 17, 14th Street Painters, New York City.
Catherine Tafur, The National Museum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, New York City. *
Exhibition 16, 14th Street Painters, New York City.
* denotes solo exhibition