Artists

Artists

Previous Sanaa artists

We have worked worked with a number of established and emerging Australian and African artists across genres; street art, visual art, photography, installation art, hop hop, music – and we are always looking to include new art forms!

We don’t necessarily work with the best artists – although this is important. We work with leaders, and those who have their own community projects and are creating positive community benefits, using art and creativity as the catalyst. We want to work with artists who are change makers. We want to work with artists who call for unity, and not division. Those who have an open mind and who are willing to collaborate with a diverse range of other artists and stakeholders.

We are fortunate to have already worked with an incredible list of artists (below), who have made Sanaa what it is today.

SANAA Artist Bankslave

Bankslave

Bankslave is one of the founding fathers of graffiti in Kenya, and has been painting in Africa and parts of Europe since 2000. A talented artist and big character, Bankslave has participated in Sanaa on two occasions, and now has well and truly left his mark in Adelaide, with three stunning murals around town.

 

SANAA Artist Vans the Omega

Vans the Omega

Born and based in Adelaide, Vans The Omega is a self-taught artist who has been creating art and letterform across the globe for over two decades.

Whilst drawing from his major artistic influences of ancient scripts, architecture, engineering and the ideas of movement and balance, his works pay homage to the natural world through his use of colour. Vans The Omega’s attention to detail and pursuit of perfection within both his work and life itself have pushed him into the spotlight and earned him worldwide recognition for his artistic endeavours in graffiti and large-scale mural works.

 

SANAA Artist Zeinixx

Zeinixx

Dieynaba Sidibe, also known by her artist name Zeinixx, is Senegal’s first female graffiti artist as well an established slam poet. She is well entrenched in West Africa’s hip hop movement, a scene dominated by men. Whilst it is not easy to be Muslim, female and a hip hop artist in this space  –  Zeinixx is making headway.

Passionate about moving women forward, especially in Senegal and on the African continent, she said that women and girls are very important to society, and it is through her work, she tries to help females understand their value.

 

SANAA Artist Sparrow Uganda

Sparrow

Sparrow is a Ugandan street artist, photographer, beat maker, hip hop teacher and dancer. He uses the art form of graffiti to promote change and unify voices through spreading knowledge, as well as creating beautiful spaces for the community.

Kampala’s visual arts culture is continuously evolving, and Sparrow has been central to this growth, founding Uganda’s first street art festival: AFRI-CANS. The festival brings together street artists from across East Africa as well as a number of visiting European artists, youth, DJ’s, MCs and break dancers for a day of creativity and peace using art as the guide.

 

SANAA Artist DysPora

DysPora

Gabriel ‘DyspOra’ Akon is an Adelaide based award-winning Hip-Hop recording Artist, Sonic Activist, Poet & founder of the Playback808 Kingdom.

A Sonic Activist, he has applied his talent for music and poetry to inspire young people to form positive social connections. Whether he’s appearing at local schools, festivals or on national television, he uses his own refugee journey to send a message of hope to those who follow.

He was recently a recipient of a 2018 Governor’s Multicultural Award, for the ongoing work he does in the community.

 

SANAA Artist Kaymist

Kaymist4

Another self-taught artist, Kaymist started with jewellery design creating beads, wooden pendants, bracelets and finger rings, using the income from jewellery to support himself and his artistic passion. From there, he branched into drawings, sculptures and paintings, with street and canvas art, now his focus.

He is a founding member of graffiti crew BSQ, a group of street artists hailing from the streets of Nairobi. BSQ have successfully carved up a name for themselves as one of the most energetic, inspiring and creative collective of artists, in East and Central Africa.

 

SANAA Artist Kaymist

Wise Two

Wise Two Started graffiti art in mid 2006, and is now one of the reputable pioneers of graffiti art in Kenya. He has played an integral part in bringing graffiti art to mainstream audiences in East Africa. Wise Two is also accredited with creating an awareness of the Kenyan graffiti art movement amongst the global graffiti community through his involvements in various international exhibitions and events.

His style is crafted through years of research based on stencil art and African/psychedelic patterns that create an intricate and detailed form of art on huge walls.

 

SANAA Artist Mwamba Chikwemba

Mwamba Chikwemba

A self-taught Zambian visual artist, Mwamba’s creative process, focuses on women’s identity in a place where social norms prevail and female roles are strictly defined.  She wants her portrait paintings to be seen as a collective image of African women who have power, courage and wisdom to follow their own goals.

SANAA Artist Dave Court

Dave Court

Dave Court is an Adelaide based multi-disciplinary artist. He is a painter, art director, designer and photographer. After graduating with Visual Arts honours specialising in painting in 2013, he was one of the crew behind award winning immersive art project Mr IST and has been involved in a range of undertakings since. Major projects include running ethical clothing brand foolsandtrolls, retail store / art space Created Range and working as creative/art director of Yewth Magazine as well as ongoing freelance work and art practice.

 

SANAA Artist Octopizzo

Octopizzo

Octopizzo is an award winning, recording and performing artist, humanitarian and an entrepreneur. Born in the sprawling slums of Kibera, Nairobi (considered one of the largest slums in the world), he purposed to earnestly pursue his career in music.

He is the Founder of Octopizzo Foundation, empowering young people to realize their lifelong ambitions. He believes there is a wealth of artistic talent and potential residing in slums, refugee camps and other settlements across the country, where millions struggle to survive every day on the margins of society. It is through Octopizzo Foundation, he works with such individuals to free themselves from the cycle of poverty and desperation, through the uniting ingredients of Creativity, Art, Music and Sports.

 

SANAA Artist Julia Townsend

Julia Townsend

Julia Townsend is a contemporary Australian painter working predominantly in abstraction. Her work features bright colour fields, hard-edge geometric abstraction and graphic line work, that reference contemporary architecture, the digital age, and the aesthetics of social systems. Julia is also focused on examining the dominant modes of production and consumption, and uses innovative painting techniques and creative processes to explore this.  

 

SANAA Artist Thufu B

Thufu B

Graffiti circles have fondly dubbed Thufu B as the “Lines man”. His work focuses mainly on African females, notably, portraits with African patterns on the background finishing with lines that create faces.

A Kenyan, he is part of the growing collective of East African street artists using graffiti artwork to foster peace, tolerance, and social cohesion. Historically, a symbol of rebellion or resistance, street art hasn’t always been welcome or appreciated. He is also one of the founding members of BSQ crew, a street art group based in Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi.

 

SANAA Artist Lenin  Maron

Lenin  Maron

Lenin Marrón is a Chilean born, Adelaide-based, singer-songwriter guitarist.  Frontman for Adelaide’s Afro Funk Reggae outfit Local Revolution, Lenin has toured Australia extensively performing at major Festivals and venues. He has shared the stage was national and international renowned artists and has landed supports for Maxi Priest (UK), Justin Timberlake’s World Tour support – Common Kings (US) and in 2017 was the local opening act for Santana & The Doobie Brothers.

 

SANAA Artist Joanne Otieno

Joanne Otieno

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 that are functional garments.

She founder of Werembo Wasanii Initiative, an organisation working with young women in the Kenyan community, enhancing their confidence and life skills, using art as the catalyst.

 

SANAA Artist Joanne Otieno

Smokillah

A graffiti artist based in Kenya,  he specialises in street art. Growing up, he was very creative drawing inspiration from everything around him. For Smoki, art is something that is deeply embedded in his soul. As a Graffiti artist, he puts all his heart, fears and strength into his creativity.

Smoki’s knowledge about street art is self-taught, with the main challenge he faces, is securing public space for his work. This however has never stopped him from practicing and upping my skills. He is also the Founder of Graffiti Girls Kenya. 

 

SANAA Artist Onyis Martin

Onyis Martin

Onyis Martin is a Kenyan painter and mixed media artist living and working in Nairobi. Gaining international attention, his works explore, portray and reflect current issues affecting not only the African continent but the world as a whole. Delving into global concerns such as human trafficking, migration, political and institutional corruption, repressive environments and displacement, he also explore issues of freedom, communication, rapidly evolving technological information and consumerism.

 

SANAA Artist Elizabeth Close

Elizabeth Close

Elizabeth Close is a contemporary and traditional Aboriginal artist based in Adelaide. Her artworks reflect her experience as an Aboriginal woman and represents her journey of rediscovery and reconnection with her Aboriginality.

 

SANAA Artist Swift Graffiti

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A self-taught Kenyan visual artist specialising in graffiti and urban art, Swift has extensive experience experimenting on the streets of Nairobi. His creations seek to empower audiences, create awareness as well as advocate for social change. He gained notable recognition through his work on the Vulture Graffiti in downtown Nairobi, a piece that made international headlines for its message and style. His murals are generally a direct extension from his past, where he has come from and what he has learned, as well as a preview of his future. 

 

SANAA Artist Papa Shot It

Papa Shot It

Ugandan born, Papa’s photography explores the boundary between art and documentary. His art practice aims to peel off the layers of the viewers’ preconceptions that often camouflage his subjects, so that he can document them in their unabridged form.

Through committed research, he uncovers what lies underneath a layman’s perception of the issues surrounding his subjects. He then dialogues with the subjects to assimilate their character, their very essence. Finally by building an intimate relationship with his subjects, he is able to capture his subjects’ integrity through the lens, that inner beauty which is a fusion of their dignity and vulnerability.

 

SANAA Artist Fatric Bewong

Fatric Bewong

A Ghanian interdisciplinary Artist and Art Educator who uses craft, fashion, site specific performances, site specific installations and community to address environmental issues. Working with post-consumer plastic goods, textile scraps, thread, scissors, and needles, Fatric manipulates their intrinsic qualities to address pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, political power, world economic order and cultural authenticity.

 

SANAA Artist Elsy Wameyo

Elsy Wameyo

Elsy started singing in church at a young age, and was greatly influenced by the traditional sacred sounds. 

A natural performer, she continued to pursue a performance career after being noticed by the founder of Playback808 DyspOra. Also based in Adelaide, Elsy was officially added to the Playback 808 team in November 2017, making her the first female soul artist of the group. She has performed at Scouted, the Root Down Festival, Groovin’ the Moo and Laneway Festival.

 

SANAA Artist Elsy Wameyo

Seb Humphreys

Seb is an Adelaide based graffiti artist with 15 years of experience, specialising in large scale mural projects. Bringing vibrant life to urban environments, Seb’s aerosol murals transform boring, ugly walls into spaces filled with fun, colour and vitality. Many of his graffiti inspired murals focus on different ways of representing nature and its complexities, showing us new ways of looking at our world with each work.