Yéanzi, 'Teranga', 2016, Mixed media on canvas, 85 x 100 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury
Yéanzi, 'Teranga', 2016, Mixed media on canvas, 85 x 100 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury 

Yéanzi studied painting and photography at Lycée d’Enseignement Artistique de Cocody and École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Abidjan, where he graduated with honors in 2012. Yéanzi also worked as a portraitist for about ten years. From 2013 onwards, he focused on his personal artwork using melted plastic. This change in medium vastly altered his relationship with portraiture, creating paintless paintings of the people that the artist encountered in his daily life. With this approach, Yéanzi gathers each individual’s story — using their nicknames as titles and their remarkable identities, the masks they wear in society, to reveal their personalities.

Yéanzi’s works have been most recently exhibited at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury for a solo exhibition entitled persona (2015), and at Art Twenty one, Lagos, for the group show Platform. In 2016, he participated in the fringe of the 12th Dakar Biennale alongside with the artists of the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury for the exhibition Une collection particulière.