My art is contemporary African art inspired by my native country, Burkina Faso. Through my art, I want to share the rich and impressive history and culture of West Africa.
The shapes of my sculptures, furniture and decorative objects are inspired by words, stories, fables and situations that come into my mind, and my culture. By the magic of bending, grinding and welding, I try to give these inspirations a form, an expression and a touch of life so when I get lost in a deep contemplation, I feel like they are living.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rabi Sanfo, a Burkina Faso native, immigrated to Minneapolis in 2004 where he put his welding background to use by creating metal sculptures. Although his artistic techniques have evolved over the years, the core theme of his work remains: to share the history and culture of his native Burkina Faso. Sanfo received numerous awards at juried exhibits and art festivals throughout the Midwest. Sanfo currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
ABOUT THE NAME: YARBI DESIGN
Rabi is from the Mossi ethnic group. More specifically, he's from the Yarse tribe. The young people of the Yarse are called Yarbi, thus Yarbi Design. He'll always be a Yarbi to his elders, and one day, he'll be a Yarse to folks younger than him.
Rabi was interviewed during 10,000 Fresh Voices (February 14, 2011).
"Faith Within" by Kathy Dhaemers (Fall 2010).
The music video City of Music: Chastity Brown was filmed at Rabi's studio (June 2010).
Rabi was featured during mn original show 105 (May 20, 2010).
Rabi was interviewed during Art Matters (April 22, 2010).
Southwest Review News
"Artful ant calls SSP home" by Cody Zustiak (July 26, 2009).
Rabi was featured on the 3 Minute Egg during Art-A-Whirl (May 16, 2009).
"Rabi Sanfo's sculptural metalwork pays homage to his West African roots" by Susannah Schouweiler (March 27, 2009).
Rabi was interviewed during African Rhythms (March 26, 2009).
"Burkinabé Artist Finds Talent in Sculpting" by Helen Kinuthia (October 31, 2008).
"The Spiritual Art of Northeast Minneapolis" (April 11, 2007).
Powderhorn Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN; 8/10
Merit Award; “Cain and Abel”
10th Annual Spiritual Art Show, Minneapolis, MN; 3/10
Award of Excellence – Metal
Art Fair on the Square, Forest Lake, IL; 9/09
First Place Award; “Chronicles of a Warrior”
American Iron 9th Annual “Art of Recycling” Contest, Minneapolis, MN; 7/09
Second Place Award, People’s Choice Award and Scrappy’s Award: Small Sculpture Category; “Armageddon: The Last Stand”
American Iron 8th Annual “Art of Recycling” Contest, Minneapolis, MN; 7/08
People’s Choice Award: Honorable Mention; “Rémanence II”
NEMAA Fall Fine Arts Show, Minneapolis, MN; 11/07
First Place Award; “Lost Battle”
The FIGURE Show, Lake Elmo Regional Art Center, Lake Elmo, MN; 9/07
First Place Award: Small Sculpture Category; “Mother Earth: What Have You Become?”
American Iron 7th Annual “Art of Recycling” Contest, Minneapolis, MN; 7/07
First Place Award; “You of Little Faith”
7th Annual Spiritual Art Festival & Juried Art Show, Minneapolis, MN; 3/07
Honorable Mention and Scrappy Award: Large Sculpture Category; “Rain Mask”
American Iron 6th Annual “Art of Recycling” Contest, Minneapolis, MN; 7/06