Evita Tezeno, a mixed media collage artist based in North Texas, has been featured in Vogue Magazine and recently won the Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Fine Art. Her colorful collages depict Black joy and have been purchased by celebrities such as Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. Tezeno started her artistic career as an impressionist painter and had a dream where an angel gave her a book of sketches and told her she would be successful if she followed its instructions. She has a solo exhibit this month at the Houston Museum of African American Culture.
North Texas-based artist Evita Tezeno is having a month to remember. The mixed media collage artist has been featured in the pages of high-fashion magazine Vogue, an achievement that has left her feeling both grateful and a little surprised.
Tezeno shared, “I know I told my parents and my grandparents that I wanted to be on the cover of famous magazines and newspapers and travel the world with my artwork. I did not imagine that I would be in Vogue this quickly.”
The Vogue feature came on the heels of Tezeno winning the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Fine Art, an accolade that recognizes her unique talent for creating colorful, mixed media collages that depict Black joy.
Tezeno explains, “People say that in the midst of all the sadness we have in the world, my work is like a ray of sunshine in their life.”
Tezeno began her artistic career as an impressionist painter but felt like she was stuck. After praying about it, she had a dream where an angel came to her door and gave her a book of sketches, saying, “If you follow the instructions in this book, you will be successful.”
Her success has been nothing short of remarkable. Last year, the Dallas Museum of Art acquired one of her pieces, and her artwork can also be found in the homes of celebrities.
Tezeno shares, “I was purchased by Denzel Washington. He bought a couple of my pieces. And then Samuel Jackson bought my work. So Samuel Jackson saw my work in Denzel Washington’s home.”
Tezeno’s work is gaining more and more recognition, and this month, she has a solo exhibit at the Houston Museum of African American Culture.
Her unique and vibrant artwork has been praised for its ability to bring joy to those who view it. As Tezeno says, “In the midst of all the sadness, we need to see some joy. We need to see something that makes us happy, something that makes us feel good.”
Tezeno’s work is a testament to the power of art to uplift, inspire, and bring joy to people’s lives. As she continues to create and share her unique vision with the world, there’s no doubt that she will continue to make an impact and inspire others to find joy in their own lives.