Tyanna Buie is a Milwaukee-based artist who works in a combination of screen printing, collage, and painting on paper. Her work is deeply personal and drawn from her childhood experiences. Having grown up seeing multiple homes, schools, foster parents, and degrees of love and abuse, Buie found art to be an escape from the instability and impermanence of her youth.
Buie’s past has so permeated every aspect of her life that her work emerges as a kind of re-creation of memory. Often depicting people and objects from her childhood, her art creates an exchange, or fills a void for the lack of tangible “things” from her past. Using her own memory or the memories shared by family members, Buie uses familiar imagery to create a story with her art—a story that she feels is important to sustaining a connection to the outside world. It is through exhibitions like Still Lives, educating youth, and working with the community that Buie hopes to create a positive environment where shared experiences are welcome.
In 2010, Buie graduated with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking from UW-Madison. She parlayed that achievement into a teaching position at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design along with a remarkable trifecta of awards and recognition that includes the 2012 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship, inclusion in the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial, and participation in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibition of notable African American artists in the State.