Z the Rat (aka Zeinab Diomande)

Country United States

Zeinab Diomande, otherwise known as “Z The Rat”, is a Philadelphia based multidisciplinary artist. Diomande was born in 1999 in Virginia. Her family left the country to relocate back to their home in the Ivory Coast where she grew up and spent her entire life. In 2017, she moved to Philadelphia where she is currently attending school majoring in Fine Arts Painting and Drawing at The University of The Arts.

Statement: “Self portraiture raises the question of the extent of which one is able to communicate ideas through their lens but the real challenge is who the target of the work is. One can’t speak for everyone but can use some elements relevant to a collective experience of various events and remodel them in a way that is relevant to their personal experience with said theme. Adapting what’s already existing and reinventing it in a way that also shapes a new reality is primarily what the work is about. Living in a society that pushes us to think about oneself, make things for ourselves so that it can benefit a larger group is a recurring theme in my work. The question that’s being raised is where do we draw the line between the “self” that actually belongs to us and the “self” in service of the world? Through my work, I also explore the themes of mental health, existing as a Black woman, self exploration because in the end, self-discovery is a timeless reality”.

Current and Previous Works by Z the Rat (aka Zeinab Diomande)

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  • “Ya Dig?”

    (2021)
    $1,700
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    Acrylic, crayon, oil pastel and in on Crescent cold press illustration board
    Professionally framed (measurements shared are of artwork only)
    24" × 18"
    61 × 46 cm
  • “ABC’s of the Rat”

    (2021)
    $2,000
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    Acrylic, collage and oil pastel on Crescent cold press illustration board
    Professionally framed (measurements shared are of artwork only)
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm
  • “Weeping Hands and Stolen Balloons (from the Neighbor’s Function)”

    (2021)
    $1,700
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    Collage, acrylic, ink and oil pastel on Crescent cold press illustration board
    Professionally framed (measurements shared are of artwork only)
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm
  • “When My Day Is Over, I Like To Sit On My Bed and Think”

    (2021)
    $1,700
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    Collage, acrylic and oil pastel on Crescent cold press illustration board
    Professionally framed (measurements shared are of artwork only)
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm
  • “Everything Has a Face, Rolling Dice, Life In Checkers, Summoning In Broad Daylight”

    (2021)
    $1,700
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    Acrylic and oil pastel on Crescent cold press illustration board
    Professionally framed (measurements shared are of artwork only)
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm
  • “Don’t Come Near My Hide”

    (2021)
    $3,600
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    Acrylic and oil pastel on Crescent cold press illustration board
    Professionally framed (measurements shared are of artwork only)
    32" × 40"
    81 × 102 cm
  • “Drown Soda”

    (2021)
    $1,700
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    Acrylic and oil pastel on Crescent cold press illustration board
    Professionally framed (measurements shared are of artwork only)
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm
  • “The Peacemaker”

    (2021)
    $3,600
    Sold
    Acrylic and oil pastel on Crescent cold press illustration board
    32" × 40"
    81 × 102 cm