Raneem Tarfa

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Raneem Tarfa
Fine Art Artist
Vienna, VA, United States

Special Encounters in the Digital Age

Almost every day we chat on the phone, scroll through social media, or maybe watch a few episodes of our favorite TV shows. We “meet” both friends and strangers in this immense virtual world. Every day, there are encounters about people, stories, and feelings - artist Raneem Tarfa is depicting all these.

Growing up during the era of a digital revolution, Raneem finds the online world her biggest inspiration, where virtually born characters become central to her story. In the portrait series, Raneem depicts different characters based on what she has seen in TV series, movies, and animations and gives them emotions to bring them to life. You may see happiness, anxiety, confusion, or sadness, or all of them - just like everyone finds different connections in different stories. She uses bold strokes and colors to create distorted faces and assembles them along newspaper collages and hand-written lyrics. The surreal presentation, together with the realistic portraits, creates tension and, at the same, time builds the bridge between the virtual and real worlds, letting the emotions naturally flow in.

website: https://raneemu.glitch.me/

instagram: @raneemu

Artist Statement

My inspiration sprouts from what I see, hear, and feel: art, music, words, thought processes, connections, and attitudes, and in my art I depict that internal entropy and chaos- portraying dreams, worries, love, hope, pain, self-doubt, and views on society. Many pieces hold an emotional significance to me, either because I associate them with a specific period of my life or because they are foundational for my personal discovery of my art style. Studying multiple languages throughout my life led me to incorporate a lot of phrases or assembly of words that I find beautiful in my work. It makes it more personal.

Qalb, 2022 Raneem Tarfa
Defeat, 2022 Raneem Tarfa
Fated Love, 2021 Raneem Tarfa
Wasteland, 2022 Raneem Tarfa
La Vide, 2019 Raneem Tarfa
Apocalypse, 2022 Raneem Tarfa
Fire Breather, 2020 Raneem Tarfa
Samurai Raneem Tarfa
Conan Raneem Tarfa
Screens, 2017 Raneem Tarfa
Heart Raneem Tarfa
Qué Vuelen Las Mariposas, 2020 Raneem Tarfa
Join the RevArt Artist Program
Join the RevArt Artist Program

2020

Vienna, VA, United States

Face to Face: Portraits of Our Vibrant City
Face to Face: Portraits of Our Vibrant City The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative (PAI)

As one of 10 artists, I was paired with a community member of Charlottesville, VA and commissioned to create their portrait, which was exhibited in The Bridge's Belmont gallery, then gifted to the individual. - Was the youngest artist to participate in the exhibition - High-quality prints were produced for display in public venues throughout Charlottesville. - Was interviewed by PBS for an episode of "The Art Scene" to discuss the project - Participated in both the 2019 and 2020 exhibitions

2020

Charlottesville, Virginia

"The Art Scene" Interview with PBS
"The Art Scene" Interview with PBS Season 1, Episode 9: "Classical Indian Dance | Youth Theatre Program | Bridge PAI"

Was interviewed for a PBS show called "The Art Scene," to discuss my creative process during the Face to Face program.

2020

Charlottesville, Virginia

Kindness Tree Mural
Kindness Tree Mural

Painted a "kindness tree" mural for a local Charlottesville elementary school, where students regularly post notes of kind acts they have witnessed

2020

Charlottesville, Virginia