Tajh Rust’s environmental portrait paintings explore the relationships between black identity and space. He collaborates with his subjects to determine how they are represented. Alongside this approach of shared authorship Rust also employs film and literary references to draw connections between portraiture, language, and modes of representation to delve into the complex constructions of race through geographies, histories and visions for the future. Rust graduated from The Cooper Union in 2011 with a BFA in Painting and Film. He is currently a 2019 MFA candidate at Yale University School of Art. His work has been exhibited throughout America, most recently in group exhibitions like Familiar Boundaries, Infinite Possibilities, August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh (2018-2019); In Plain Sight/Site, Artspace, New Haven (2018); Winterfly Benefit, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Brooklyn (2017).