Z the Rat (aka Zeinab Diomande)

Country United States
Artist Website: http://ztherat.com
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 studying at the University of the Arts, pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting and drawing.

The artist explores the theme of mental health and her experience as a black woman. These themes mark out and feed her warm and colorful world. Adapting what already exists and reinventing it in a way that also shapes a new reality is the main focus of this expression.

Statement: “My current body of work explores the conversation between the ideas of the black figure in relationship to space. I recently switched my work from small to medium scale to overwhelmingly large-scale paintings to start a conversation surrounding the black body and how people interact with it when it starts taking up space. Exploring my black identity in the realm of painting, I willingly put myself in positions and situations that normally would be kept private as t0000hey deal with emotional matter and through the language of self- portraiture, mixed media, high-key colors, dynamic compositions and whimsical sceneries I bring those themes that relate to my experience and the black experience at large. In doing so, I would like to challenge the viewers to think differently of the black figure: vulnerable, sensitive, grounded, present and non-threatening, qualities that never seem to be attributed to them
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Current and Previous Works by Z the Rat (aka Zeinab Diomande)

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  • “Beyond the Sun, Beyond the Earth, Away from the Bleak Lands”

    (2022)
    $3,800
    Available
    Acrylic, oil pastel, enamel, yarn on canvas
    48" × 72"
    122 × 183 cm
  • “Till the Sun Rises Again”

    (2022)
    $5,400
    Available
    Carpet, airbrush, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
    84" × 96"
    213 × 244 cm
  • “The Fries Got Old Bay In ‘Em”

    (2022)
    $3,800
    Available
    Acrylic, old bay seasoning, glitter, glitter stars, heavy acrylic, foam clay, plush doll on canvas
    38" × 48"
    97 × 122 cm
  • “Hide and Seek, Except I’m Just Hiding”

    (2022)
    $2,800
    Available
    Collaged sketch-study, oil pastel, posca and acrylic on cold press crescent board
    Professional float framed
    30" × 42"
    76 × 107 cm
  • “Deli Delight”

    (2022)
    $4,400
    Available
    Acrylic, oil pastel, graphite, glitter and collage on cold press crescent board
    84" × 64"
    213 × 163 cm
  • “Fever Avenue, You’ve Never Seen Eyes Like This Before”

    (2022)
    $2,200
    Available
    Airbrush, oil pastel, cut out stencil, yarn, collaged frame cutouts, acrylic on toned paper mounted on board
    Professional float framed
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm
  • “I Watched the Sunlight Come By My Side, A New Day, A New Light: I Knew I Could Regain My Sight”

    (2022)
    $2,600
    Sold
    Collage, acrylic, acrylic markers, gouache and oil pastel on crescent board
    Professional float framed
    32" × 40"
    81 × 102 cm
  • “The Yellow Table”

    (2022)
    $2,800
    Sold
    Acrylic, oil pastel, graphite and collage on cold press crescent board
    Professional float framed
    32" × 42"
    81 × 107 cm
  • “Reverie”

    (2022)
    $3,800
    Sold
    Mixed media on canvas
    36" × 48"
    91 × 122 cm
  • “Ya Dig?”

    (2021)
    $1,700
    Sold
    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
    Sold
    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
    Sold
    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
    Sold
    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
    Sold
    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
    Sold
    Acrylic and oil pastel on Crescent cold press illustration board
    Professionally framed (measurements shared are of artwork only)
    32" × 40"
    81 × 102 cm
  • “Hell Is Hot, But I’m Afraid of Heights”

    (2022)
    $4,600
    Sold
    Airbrush, acrylic, sequins, color pencil and rhinestones on canvas
    37" × 59"
    94 × 150 cm
  • “Drown Soda”

    (2021)
    $1,700
    Sold
    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