Pavillon 54 had the chance to have a chat with Saint-Etienne Yeanzi: born in 1988, He graduated in painting and photography at the “ Lycée d'Enseignement Artistique “of Cocody and the National School of Arts in Abidjan, in 2012.
Yéanzi, a street art enthusiast, worked as a commissioned portrait painter for ten years. Since 2013, he has been pursuing personal work using melt plastic material. As many other African artists, he doesn’t create such pieces with the intention of becoming ‘Environmental’ artists, but rather, he uses the materials around him as a part of his existing culture and makes a more poignant statement about the effects of capitalism, as well as Western colonialism and consumerism on the African continent. Watch the video of the interview.
When did you first approach art?
To talk about my first contact with art I would say that it happened so naturally that I don't really remember it. I just know that for as long as I can remember - I must have been 5 or 6 years old when I started - I was very early on attracted by comic books, cartoons, and then I started to make my first little drawings. It's really something that I grew up with, as far back as I can remember. In the end it's essentially the comic books and cartoons that fascinated me, and that drew me to art for the first time.