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About the Artist

Tariqa Waters is a contemporary visual artist, gallerist, and educator. Born in 1980 in Richmond, Virginia, she was raised with artists in her family and developed an early interest in oil painting. Self-taught, she started working as a muralist while in Sicily where she lived from 2003-2007. Returning to the States, she began creating and showing her own work in Washington DC and Atlanta. Tariqa relocated with her husband and their two children to Seattle in 2012. Settling into a live/work space in Pioneer Square, she opened a gallery showcasing underrepresented artists, called Martyr Sauce. She started showing her own work as well in group exhibitions and public art installations. Solo shows soon followed which saw her branch out into graphic art and photography. Also an arts educator, Waters is employed as a teaching artist at Seattle Art Museum. She regularly teaches, curates, lectures, sits on panels, and facilitates activities all over the city.

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From the Artist

I would like to thank my wonderfully talented kids, 9 and Kaelau for your endless joy and light. Ryan Waters, you are the Pa to my Ma! Love you much!

Tariqa Waters