Yéanzi, Nguess aka John, 2015, Mixed media on paper
, 185 x 100 cm. Courtesy Galerie Cécile Fakhoury
Yéanzi, Nguess aka John, 2015, Mixed media on paper
, 185 x 100 cm. Courtesy 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 in 2012. He worked as a portraitist for around ten years, before focusing on his own practice. He creates ‘paintless’ portraits of the people around him using melted plastics. The titles of the works reflect the nicknames and characters of his subjects.

Yéanzi has exhibited in numerous exhibitions including Projections (2017) and Persona (2015), both at Galerie Cecile Fakhoury, Abidjan; Platform, Art Twenty One, Lagos (2015); Une Collection Particulière – a fringe of the 12th Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2016) and L’Afrique en Capitale, Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rabat (2016).