Tahina Rakotoarivony

Born in 1980 in Antananarivo, Madagascar Tahina Rakotoarivony first encounter with the world of contemporary art was in 1998 when he participated in a workshop given by the late Malagasy artist Richard Razafindrakoto - a celebrated figure painter and set designer. It was during this period that he developed his interest in drawing and painting - establishing a career as a painter and designer, a few years later. Tahina's style is one influenced by Malagasy culture, in particular the country's urban environment. His acutely observed compositions are a critique on everyday life in Madagascar. His canvases rage against the social inequalities in Madagascar, while his use of recycled materials are a testimony to his concern with environmental issues.

 

Tahina's first international showing was in 2006 - as part of a collective exhibition held at Artonef in Aix-en-Provence and during the Biennale d'Art Contemporain at Châteaux Barroux in Vaucluse. In February 2011, Tahina set up Is'Art Galerie with the aim of providing a space for artists to exchange ideas through workshops and also exhibit their work. Tahina Rakotoarivony is also one of the founding members of the KANTSA (Kanto an-Tsaha) Association. The orgainsation was created to promote art and culture in the rural area of Ambohimangakely.