International Street and Visual Artists

  Zienexx (Senegal)    Dieynaba Sidibe is Senegal’s first female street artist, successfully challenging views on women’s roles and calling for equality, one spray-paint can at a time.   Graffiti art is frequently employed in West Africa as a tool for social change. Dieynaba, who goes by the artist name Zienixx, uses it to promote women’s rights, including equal pay and educational access. “All women, everywhere— whether they are fishmongers, graffiti artists, or office workers— we are fighters,” she says. This leading lady, continues to leave a fearless mark in her wake.     This will be Dieynaba's first visit to Australia, where she is  looking forward to coming face to face with a Kangaroo! 

Zienexx (Senegal)

Dieynaba Sidibe is Senegal’s first female street artist, successfully challenging views on women’s roles and calling for equality, one spray-paint can at a time. Graffiti art is frequently employed in West Africa as a tool for social change. Dieynaba, who goes by the artist name Zienixx, uses it to promote women’s rights, including equal pay and educational access. “All women, everywhere— whether they are fishmongers, graffiti artists, or office workers— we are fighters,” she says. This leading lady, continues to leave a fearless mark in her wake. 

This will be Dieynaba's first visit to Australia, where she is  looking forward to coming face to face with a Kangaroo! 

  Bankslave (Kenya)    Bankslave is the founding father of graffiti in Kenya, and has been painting in Africa and parts of Europe since 2000. This will be Bankslaves' second visit to Adelaide, where he participated in Sanaa Festival 2017, becoming a crowd favourite with South Australians'. Since his visit, he has been working on creating canvas artwork which he plans to exhibit in Nairobi in 2018, as well as participating in street art festivals across Africa.     Through his art form, he hopes to improve lives by putting a smile on the face of those who enjoy his work. Bankslave looks forward to returning to Adelaide, where the warmth of the people in particular, made it a special place for this artist. 

Bankslave (Kenya)

Bankslave is the founding father of graffiti in Kenya, and has been painting in Africa and parts of Europe since 2000. This will be Bankslaves' second visit to Adelaide, where he participated in Sanaa Festival 2017, becoming a crowd favourite with South Australians'. Since his visit, he has been working on creating canvas artwork which he plans to exhibit in Nairobi in 2018, as well as participating in street art festivals across Africa.

Through his art form, he hopes to improve lives by putting a smile on the face of those who enjoy his work. Bankslave looks forward to returning to Adelaide, where the warmth of the people in particular, made it a special place for this artist. 

  Joan Otieno (Kenya)    One of Kenya’s up and coming female artists,   Joan Otieno is a Nairobi based artist who is inspired by her surroundings, as well as the waste materials on the streets of her city. Most of her artworks are a wide array of mixed media where she incorporates waste materials into two dimensional artworks, three dimensional installations and run way fashion wears that are functional garments.    Joan captures the beauty of waste materials by recycling through art, which if left unknown, could only render the environment unfriendly.   She is passionate about teaching young women the skills of her art form, especially those in slum areas.

Joan Otieno (Kenya)

One of Kenya’s up and coming female artists, Joan Otieno is a Nairobi based artist who is inspired by her surroundings, as well as the waste materials on the streets of her city. Most of her artworks are a wide array of mixed media where she incorporates waste materials into two dimensional artworks, three dimensional installations and run way fashion wears that are functional garments.

Joan captures the beauty of waste materials by recycling through art, which if left unknown, could only render the environment unfriendly. She is passionate about teaching young women the skills of her art form, especially those in slum areas.

 

Swift9 (Kenya)

Swift9 is a professional Nairobi based visual artist who specializes in graffiti and urban art. His second visit for Sanaa Festival, Swift9 has extensive experience experimenting on the streets of Nairobi, and gained notable recognition through his work on the Vulture Graffiti in downtown Nairobi, which made international headlines for its message and style. 

Since his visit to Australia in March 2017, Swift has spent time in the US, where he has participated in various artistic exchanges across the country. He was invited to the US, after his work, which was displayed in Central Park - New York by his colleagues, was spotted by someone who identified his talent. Talent generates luck! 

  Onyis Martin (Kenya)    Onyis Martin is a mixed media artist, whose practice is rapidly gaining national and international recognition. Onyis is another returning artist, who in March 2017, led a number of artist workshops and installed public street art.   In 2016, Onyis was awarded runner up in South Africa’s most prestigious art prize – Barclays L’Atelier. After returning from Australia, Onyis embarked upon his artist residency in Johannesburg - South Africa, awarded as part of his Barclay's L'atelier nomination.     A deep soul and great artist, he delves into global concerns such as human trafficking, migration, political and institutional corruption, repressive environment and displacement.

Onyis Martin (Kenya)

Onyis Martin is a mixed media artist, whose practice is rapidly gaining national and international recognition. Onyis is another returning artist, who in March 2017, led a number of artist workshops and installed public street art. In 2016, Onyis was awarded runner up in South Africa’s most prestigious art prize – Barclays L’Atelier. After returning from Australia, Onyis embarked upon his artist residency in Johannesburg - South Africa, awarded as part of his Barclay's L'atelier nomination. 

A deep soul and great artist, he delves into global concerns such as human trafficking, migration, political and institutional corruption, repressive environment and displacement.

  Kaymist4 (Kenya)    Kenneth Otieno ,  popularly known as Kaymist4, attributes his passion for the arts as having had a positive impact in his life. The quiet soul, is a founding member of the well-known Graffiti Crew BSQ, hailing from the streets of Nairobi.    Kaymist loves to play around with the African physique and combines this with his curiosity for technology. Focusing on African people and technological future events, he add’s mechanical features (bolts, screws and gears) to their bodies. He developed this Afro-future 'kind of view'.   His main mediums of work include, spray paints (aerosol), oil, acrylic paint on canvas, and wood carvings, with these he creates street art, murals and jewellery. This will be Kaymists' first visit to Australia. 

Kaymist4 (Kenya)

Kenneth Otieno, popularly known as Kaymist4, attributes his passion for the arts as having had a positive impact in his life. The quiet soul, is a founding member of the well-known Graffiti Crew BSQ, hailing from the streets of Nairobi.

Kaymist loves to play around with the African physique and combines this with his curiosity for technology. Focusing on African people and technological future events, he add’s mechanical features (bolts, screws and gears) to their bodies. He developed this Afro-future 'kind of view'. His main mediums of work include, spray paints (aerosol), oil, acrylic paint on canvas, and wood carvings, with these he creates street art, murals and jewellery. This will be Kaymists' first visit to Australia.