Artist Penda Diakité grew up between her two homes in Mali, West Africa and Portland, Oregon. As a result, she meshes the vibrant colors and patterns of her Malian side with influences of her urban upbringing. Her artwork is a reflection of these blended cultures, as her pieces often illustrate a visual commentary on historical West African tradition and how it co-exists among popular media’s portrayal of people of color. She often adds her experiences as a bi-cultural woman of color into her work.
Penda graduated California Institute of the Arts, with a BFA in film/video and a minor in Cultural Studies. She is currently based in Los Angeles.