Born 1985 in Ft. Worth, TX, Taurean Washington gravitated to art at an early age.
In 2011, Taurean earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Hood College. While in school, Taurean realized that there were not any African American artists included in his course of study. As a result, Taurean sought for artists he could relate to. Prominent figures such as Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Colescott, and Kerry James Marshall became role models for him.
Taurean’s work is an eclectic mix of the Modern and Contemporary Art that came before him.
As a fan of hip hop music, Taurean taps into the art of "sampling". Lyrics from songs are often referenced directly or indirectly in each piece. Audio instrumentals are also used as a backdrop to provide a soundtrack for the viewer to follow.
Taurean has coined the phrase "Art-Hop", which describes the movement of his practice.
It is Taurean's goal to create "classic albums", which is a hip hop term for a great body of work.
It is through these albums that Taurean shares his voice, like a hip hop artist on a microphone.
Taurean's work is showcased in several galleries and venues.