I first saw Sindiso Nyoni aka R!OT’s work at the Postcard Revival Project earlier this year. This guy! I’m super excited to show some of this artist, illustrator and designer's illustrations on the blog.
To me, his work demonstrates the in-your-face power of illustration. In every bold line, there is grit, the street, a nod to comics or graphic novels, a certain handmade-quality – and our continent (even in his commercial commissions). It’s work that just goes kapow - especially when he tackles social and political issues, something that Sindiso has become known for.
Sindiso grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and studied design at the University of Johannesburg. He’s been drawing since he was four – and he has yet to stop, he says. He primarily works in pencil, ink, pastels, gauche, acrylic and digital media, creating what he calls a subversive African 'street' style or Guerill[art]. I found a cool Q&A with Sindiso on An African Minute; read it if you want to know more about him - from how growing up in Zim influenced his work to balancing social vs commercial projects.
And then check out his portfolio at Behance (as well as for the stories behind the works below) or visit his site. With prints available from his studio at the NewArc Studios on 41 Gwigwi Mrwebi street in Newtown, you can own a R!OT or check out the limited edition printed tees, which can be ordered by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
* All the photos supplied and copyrighted to Sindiso.