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Biography of BAMAZI TALLE

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Born on 30/11/1964 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :


Talle Bamazi (né le 30 Novembre 1964),is a Togolese painter who lives and works  in New York.


A visionary, born in Kara, Togo West Africa, and a painter who can best be described as an artist with more than a canvas, Talle Bamazi has a story; and a mission which is to engulf society in the ways of the West.  He set out to show the world that Africa means more than violence. It has a soul and a purpose. He uses his gift of the brush to educate, instruct, and give people a sense that the past is worth studying; for the past dictates the future.


Arriving in New York in 1995, with absolutely no understanding of the English language he embarked upon what was the most challenging adventure of his life. His quest for knowledge led him to the New York Student Art League, where he educated himself on American culture in order to infiltrate his vision into a world full of cultural differences. 


He continued his education at the New York Academy of Art and graduated with Masters.  This endeavor fueled the desire to take his goal of cultural harmony to a wider audience by using a gallery as a way for his vision to prosper. Talle Bamazi brought the vision to life by creating a gallery where African and African American artists can display their souls through art.


He achieved this goal in Columbus, Ohio in 2003 in founding KIACA Gallery to function as a place of culture – a place where the past can be preserved.  His artwork shows the passion of his beloved Africa. You will see in his paintings a history, a soul, a time that once had been forgotten now is being told and remembered.  He has chosen to use the many obstacles in his life and his passion for African culture as the inspiration for his art. Yes, to tell the story of his beloved land, the motherland, the land that has experienced suffering, pain, loss, and triumph is his mission. Today Talle Bamazi continues his quest to realize, expand and even surpass his artistic vision.




I have tremendous pride and passion for the culture of my beloved Africa.  All praises to God and my ancestors for my artistic ability.  My belief is that my ancestors through God have chosen me to share this gift with the world.  I accept and embrace this gift by honoring them with my work. Art and breathing share the same space and time for me and I welcome the challenge the trails and tribulations of the creative process.” – Talle Bamazi

Books, publications, exhibitions, works,...

Solo Exhibitions

2008             William H. Thomas Art Gallery, Columbus, OH

2008             Columbus Museum of art, Columbus, OH

2006           Gallery les Beaux arts, Columbus, OH

2005          City of Columbus Hall, Columbus, OH

2004           Kiaca Gallery, Columbus, OH

2003           Kiaca Gallery, Columbus, OH

2003           Welancora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2002           Karma at 1st Avenue, New York, NY

2001           The Brech Forum Gallery, New York, NY

2000           Federal Plaza, New York, NY

1997           The Brech Forum Gallery, New York, NY

1994           Goethe Institute, Lome, Togo West Africa


Selected Group Shows and Exhibitions

2008            ART IN NEW ALBANY, New Albany, OH

2008            Art Walk/Argyle Photography, Newark, OH

2008            Alley Fine art /framing, Springboro, OH

2007            King Art Complex, Columbus, OH

2007            City of Upper Arlington Hall, Upper Arlington, OH

2007           (ACE) Columbus Cultural Arts Center Columbus, OH

2006           Hopkins Hall Gallery Corridor Ohio State

                   University (visiting Artist.), Columbus, OH

2006           Gallerie les Beaux Arts Columbus, OH

2005           KIACA Gallery Columbus, OH

2005           The Schumacher Gallery, Columbus, OH

2004           Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH

2004           Fort Hayes Short Tower Gallery, Columbus, OH

2004           Wendy’s International, Inc., Columbus, OH

2004           King Art Complex, Columbus, OH

2004           KIACA Gallery, Columbus, OH

2003           African Museum of Art, the Inc Village of Hempstead, NY

2002           New York Academy of Art, New York City, NY

2001           Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art, Brooklyn, NY

2000           Columbia University, New York City, NY

2000           African Museum of Art, the Inc Village of Hempstead, NY

1999           Bloom Gallery, New York, NY

1998           Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY

1998           The T-Tus Gallery, Oceanside, NY

1998           New World Art Center, New York City, NY

1997           New Century Artist, New York City, NY

1996           Sona Gallery, New York City, NY

1995           Lucien Crump Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1994           Goethe Institute, Lome, Togo West Africa

1994           French Cultural Center, Lome, Togo West Africa

1994           Congress Palace, Lome, Togo West Africa

1993           Goethe Institute, Lome, Togo West Africa

1993           French Cultural Center, Lome, Togo West Africa

1992           Congress Palace, Lome, Togo West Africa


Televised Art Shows


2006           Good News, Time Warner Cable Channel 23

2005           City Hall News Time Warner Cable Channel 2, Columbus, OH

2004           ABC Channel 4, Columbus, OH

1998           Public Access, Channel 69, New York, NY

1995           Art & Culture, Togolese Television, Togo, West Africa


 Publications & Conferences


-  Greater Columbus Travel host magazine, Columbus, OH

- The Conscious voice magazine, Columbus, OH

-  C-BUS Magazine, Columbus, OH

-  2007 Director's Dialogue on Art and Social Change: Race Matters

   At Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
- Variations, Columbus, OH
-  2006 lecture on contemporary art at Wexner Center for the Art.
   Sponsor by OSU, Columbus, OH

- The Other Paper, Columbus, OH

- Bridgeman Art Library, NY, London and France

- African Weekender, Columbus, OH

- The Lantern, Columbus, OH

- Art in America Guide (Sourcebook to the U.S.Art World)

- The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH

- The Village Vibe, Columbus, OH

- Columbus Alive, Columbus, OH

- Short North Gazette, Columbus, OH

- Columbus Post, Columbus, OH

- Valentine New York Art Magazine, Brooklyn, NY

- Artist Conference of 2003 at Welancora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

- Diva French Magazine, Published in France

- Volunteer Newsletter, Am. Museum of Nat’l History (NY)

- Haitian Artist of America Art Book

- Unsold Soul of the Caribbean Magazine, New York

- Philadelphia Positive Image News, Philadelphia, PA

- Politics Togolese News, Togo, West Africa

- Togo press Togo Daily Newspaper, Togo West Africa


Achievements & merits


Talle Bamazi

Founder /CEO


-Contemporary African/

African American/

African Diaspora

Art Consultant


Hobbies, clubs :Golf

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Last update : 11/13/2009

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