Framed Gallery
African American Art
Framed Gallery
African American Art

Joana Taya

“Tchingange”- first time I saw a Tchingange, I saw it in my hometown in Alto Catumbela, Angola, when I was 5 years old. There were these creatures dancing and it really used to frighten me! Only now in my adulthood I realized that they were dancing to repel bad spirits. These memories inspired me to create a nostalgic Tchingange collection. The #Tchinganges, are amulets and lucky charms to repel all bad spirits.

 (The various "Tchinganges (Lucky Charms)" are drawn from her childhood memories of traditional ceremonies in certain Angolan communities. Taya revisits and retells these memories which, in turn and in spirit, have become her personal lucky charms to ward off against evil spirits.)

 Graphic designer and Painter, born in Lobito, Angola, now living and working in between Lisbon/Portugal and Luanda/Angola.

“My paintings reflect the concept of the mind, human interactions and perceptions. About individual common essence, how we perceive ourselves and our surroundings, independently of geographical or historical contexts. It’s about the state of being, beyond social codification. About common feelings, a celebration of diversity and highlighting - how we are all unique but at the same time, part of one common organism- the earth. 

I express my concepts through portraits and human shapes, mixing abstract motifs, geometrical and organic shapes with different patterns all in a graphic and meticulous way”.


  • TXINGANGES #1
    Acrylic on Canvas
    46.8in x 38.5in
    $3,200
  • TXINGANGES #2
    Acrylic on canvas
    46.8in x 38.5in
    $3,200
  • TXINGANGES #3
    Acrylic on canvas
    46.8in x 38.5in
    $3,200
  • TXINGANGES #4
    Acrylic on canvas
    46.8in x 38.5in
    $3,200