Yeanzi
WORKS EXHIBITIONS BIOGRAPHY
WORKS
Serie Colloquium
Serie Colloquium
Serie Projection
Serie Colloquium
Serie Persona
Serie Persona
Serie Colloquium
Serie Projections
Serie Projections
Serie Persona
Serie Somnium
EXHIBITIONS
Once upon a time in West Africa
04 JUNE - 20 AUG 2022
Aboudia & Yeanzi “in transit”
01 OCT - 20 NOV 2022
THE DREAMS OF A STORY
23 april - 27 nov 2022
REVERSED SAFARI
13 July to 03 Sep 2023
L'Africa e Napoli
26 nov 2023 to 07 jan 2024
Africa Tunes
20 jan to 17 march 2024
Investec Cape Town 2024
BIOGRAPHY

Yeanzi is a visual artist born in Katiola in Côte d'Ivoire.


He lives and works between Abidjan and Paris. He is also a teacher and promoter of cultural projects.


A graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts d'Abidjan, from which he graduated top of his class in 2012, he was trained in painting and photography.

Yeanzi has established himself as one of the most important contemporary African artists of the last decade.

With a passion for the humanities, particularly philosophy, history and psycho-sociology, his work focuses on issues of identity and understanding the evolution of humanity.


Yeanzi also explores plastic and technical issues, using a wide variety of materials, mediums and techniques (fused plastic, fabric, plexiglass, board, paper, pvc, photography, traditional screen printing, collage, pictograms, calligraphy characters, ideograms, etc.).

Yeanzi is also a street art enthusiast, a 'multitasking' creator who has worked as a commissioned portrait painter for nearly ten years.


Since 2013, he has been pursuing research and creative work that revolves around three collections (Persona 2013, Projections 2016, Colloquium 2018, Somnium 2023) that constitute the main thrusts of his fundamental theme "The Identitaire question".


A working process in which the artist questions personality (Persona), community (Projections) and the place of historical memory in the process of building the development of societies and peoples (Colloquium). He melts plastic to create faces, silhouettes and realistic and surreal scenes.

Yeanzi uses different media and materials depending on the complexity of the different technical aspects of the subject. For him, "technique is only an instrument at the service of the theme, which must itself be the essence drawn from societal changes and the questions that arise from them".

In 2013, he won the "Bene Hoane" prize and the "Grand Prix Guy Nairay", a major award for artist of the year in Côte d'Ivoire. He also took part in the "Jeux de la Francophonie" in Nice, France, the same year.

 

Since 2009, his work has been regularly presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions:

– Abidjan jeune talent ! on dit quoi ? (2012) Abidjan

– AAA Abidjan art actuel (2014) Abidjan

– Art prize (2014) Abidjan

– 1/5A contemporary african art fair (2014, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021) London

– Art Dubaï (2015) Dubai

– Dak’art off (2016) Dakar

- Pulse art fair Miami (2018, 2020) Miami

– Art one paper New York (2018) New York

– Art market San Francisco (2018) San Francisco

– Seattle art fair (2018) Seattle

– Indiscipline (2018) Marrakesh

– AKAA art fair (2018, 2023) Paris

– Illusion Identitaire (2021) Hambourg

- Once upon a time in West Africa (2022) Pietrasanta

- Venice Biennale - Pavilion Cote D’Ivoire (2022) Venice - In-Transit (2022) Arezzo

- St-art (2023) Strasburg

- Reversed Safari (2023) St. Petersburg, Kazan

 

He made his debut at the Mohamed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rabat in 2017 as part of the exhibition Afrique en capital.

In 2022, his work was selected to represent the Ivory Coast pavilion at the 59th Venice International Biennale and also at the 14th Dak'art Pan-African Biennale.

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