Through his towering painted canvases, TAKI GOLD reflects his childhood experience during the Liberian Civil War to reveal the complexities of war, power, femininity, and identity.
Currently based in Santa Barbara, California, TAKI came to the United States from Monrovia, Liberia, Africa at the age of ten. He lived through four years of war under the protection of local village women. These women shaped TAKI's understanding of color and form, encouraging him to process the brutality of war by creating beauty from wreckage. In 1994, TAKI was reunited with his parents and siblings and has continued to use his art to contemplate notions of identity, belonging, and rebirth.
When talking about his art, TAKI says, “My inspiration is the celebration of what we could become if we never forget how magical we are.”