Meet Artist Tanekeya Word

I’ve been a fan of artist Tanekeya Word for a while now. I love color. I love fun. And I love amazing art. So I interviewed Tanekeya so you all can dip your paintbrushes into her world…

How would you describe your art in 3 words?

AfroFuturistic, colorful, hybrid

What inspired you to be an artist?

I was just born as an artist; so, I had no choice, my soul requires me to create.

What inspirations do you pull from when designing your paintings?

My imagination, popular culture, globalization, Black culture, Victorian era, etc. I am an avid reader + researcher + writer so my mind tends to mesh all of these things together into a formulated question, usually dealing with identity, and my paintings become the answer.

I am in love with your use of colors. What is your favorite color?

Thank you. My favorite color is green.

How do you maintain your passion and follow your dreams?

I am a work-a-holic; so, I tend to focus on contributing to the world through my creativity more than using my free time to watch tv and hang out. Finding the balance to relax just as much as I work is currently a work in progress…lol!

If you had one dream location to showcase your work, where would it be?

Dream location…Versailles

What advice would you give to young women who are looking to become artists?

If you are looking to become an artist then stop and look no further. Instead, do the very thing that you do not have to look for. The thing that keeps you up at night. If you are an artist you are not looking to become—you are.


Motivated to…LIVE OUT LOUD