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African Renaissance artist Kadi Sabi talks us about His craft

 African Renaissance artist Kadi Sabi talks us about His craft

Who is Kadi Sabi and what do you do?

Kadi Sabi is an African Renaissance artist from a label called ICONiX SA (

The term African Renaissace was derived from Renaissance man: ” used for a very clever person who is good at many different things. The idea comes from a time of history called the Renaissance which lasted from about 1400 to about 1600. One of the most famous people alive during this time was Leonardo da Vinci.

What I do: I draw, Illustrate, paint, design-visuals, amateur-animator, amateur-video-editor  (but the focus is on: Illustrating and painting)

Tell us about your work


My illustrations are all about creating an alternative-reality, the inspiration is from different things; things I feel/felt, things I’ve heard and things I’ve seen. I read somewhere that when we recall/remember things our minds don’t have folders of different memories, our minds actually create a picture of a certain memory the same way you would put together a puzzle. That’s how I come up with concepts for illustrations; my mind re-puzzles “things I feel/felt, things I’ve heard and things I’ve seen” into one picture. And most images my mind re-puzzles, I revisit them where I saw them to reference them.


I feel like South African cultural people are not portrait enough in the art world and we live in a modern world (the youth) some of us don’t really know much about our cultures. So what I am trying to do with my paintings is document South African cultural people with still-visuals; similar to the way that there are ancient artifacts in museums, similar to the same way History books were written. I want the art of South African cultural people (and all South Africans in general) to live on forever the same way that Leonardo da Vinci’s, Pablo Picasso’s, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s and Irma Stern’s Art/Paintings live on till this day.

What inspires your work?

Well.. a lot of things inspire my work. I try keep an open mind when it comes to inspiration, so most of the time I don’t really choose inspiration, what ever inspires me-inspires me. What I do is try creatively to link what ever sort of inspiration to the topic of my art.

What are you currently working on?

  • I’m currently working on a painting that is part of a series I have already released, the UNTLD series. and I’m conceptualising the next painting series after UNTLD.
  • I’m posting Illustrations I have done on social media platforms that I haven’t released them on yet.
  • I’m re-branding ICONiX SA (graphics).
  • I’m editing a lyric-video for a song titled “No Rules” by Derah III from ICONiX SA.
  • And I’m working on an animation music video for a song tiltled
  • “Past Life Imagination” by Lord Kenn from ICONiX SA.

 What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?

I know that (not all) but most of us procrastinate a lot, so my advice would be these two quotes: ” Yesterday you said tomorrow, just do it!” and “Today is the day!”.

What has been the highlight of your career thus far?

This year when I reflected back on the art I’ve done I realized that I’ve done a lot (not all but most of the art I did is really good) and that inspires me to do more.

Where can our readers follow your work?

Facebook: @kadisabii (2 i’s at the end)

Instagram & Twitter : @kadi_sabi

Dribbble & DeviantArt:  @kadi_sabi



Amateur short animations:



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