Competition: US & Canada
Evita Tezeno (b. 1960) is a Port Arthur, Texas native and graduate of Lamar University. She lives and works in Dallas. Evita Tezeno’s collage paintings employ richly patterned hand-painted papers and found objects in a contemporary folk-art style. Her work depicts a cast of characters in harmonious everyday scenes inspired by her family and friends, childhood memories in South Texas, personal dreams, and moments from her adult life. Influenced by the great 20th century modernists Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, and William H. Johnson, scenes of joy animate her vision of a Black America filled with humanity.
Tezeno is also a recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Catlett Award for The New Power Generation. She has been awarded commissions by the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, The Deep Ellum Film Festival in Dallas, and the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (“Jazz Fest”), where in 1999 she became the first female artist to design its celebrated poster. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, African American Museum of Dallas, and the Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar; as well as numerous prominent private collections. She is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.