born in 1988, is a contemporary artist from the Ivory Coast. After
years as a traditional portraitist, Yéanzi redefined his
relationship with the portrait. Breaking from conventional art
practices, he now explores unique techniques consisting of melting
wasted plastic materials collected from the streets of
Abidjan on paper or canvas. He reveals the beauty and aestheticism
of the individual through the ashes of wasted trash, while at
the same time questioning the vast amounts of waste suffocating
distinctive technique places Yéanzis work on the
cornerstone of abstract and figurative arts. His paintings are
more than just portraits; they comment on the role of individual
identity in African society through the prism of social interactions
within the community. There is no denying that Yéanzi was
impacted by the Ivorian Civil War that started in 2011, a brutal
tragedy that shook the country. Yet he is unique in the fact that
his art is relentlessly optimistic. His works are not about trauma
or violence of the past but instead strive to show the authentic
spirit of Ivorians.
studied painting and photography at the Ecole des Beaux Arts dAbidjan
(National School of Fine Arts of Ivory Coast). He has works in
the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Rabat, and has shown
in art fairs in Europe, North America, and Africa.
currently lives and works in Bingerville (Ivory Coast).