Artist Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati kicks off CCAD President’s Lecture Series for the fall on Sept. 10 during virtual discussion about healthy creativity

Aug 26, 2020
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Artist Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati kicks off CCAD President’s Lecture Series for the fall on Sept. 10 during virtual discussion about healthy creativity

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COLUMBUS, Ohio— Columbus College of Art & Design’s President’s Lecture Series kicks off virtually on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) with special guest Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati. The Los Angeles-based artist co-created The Journey, one of Columbus’ tallest and most innovative mural projects, in the summer of 2019 in the Short North Arts District. Next month, he will join CCAD President Melanie Corn to discuss healthy creativity and how it leads to creative excellence.

The CCAD President’s Lecture Series launched in 2018 to celebrate the college’s 140th anniversary. The events, which are free and open to the public, are designed to welcome the Columbus community into CCAD’s creative home and highlight the college’s Core Values of Positivity, Respect, Accountability, and Inspiration. Dr. Corn and Sarfati will discuss how balancing work and well-being plays an important part in Sarfati’s success as an artist.

“Developing a thriving creative practice while keeping up with life’s obligations—especially now—can become overwhelming,” said Dr. Corn. “It’s important to stress balance and self-care in our lives, especially for artists and designers. To bring this message to our community, CCAD invites artists and designers who share how they have found creative excellence through a holistic approach to their mental and physical health. I look forward to talking with Yanoe and for our community to see how he is achieving balance as a successful artist in the 21st century.”

Sarfati will describe his journey from a graffiti artist to one working in the fine arts and providing commercial work for such clients as Apple, Facebook, Google, Headspace, Netflix, Nike, and Urban Decay. He’ll share how he uses tools such as meditation and sobriety to support his rigorous practice and maintain physical and emotional health.

“As an artist, maintaining my emotional, mental, and spiritual health is equally as important as maintaining my physical health,” Sarfati said. “I find that meditating daily is a practice that keeps me fit in all these areas and every day is a chance to start anew.”

Sarfati began writing graffiti at age 11 and, by age 17, was one of the most prolific names in LA. His work has appeared in more than 20 countries and in art publications around the world. In recent years, he has gone big with his practice, embracing large-scale murals and studio and commercial works.

Among those projects is the innovative mural project that he and Eric “Zoueh” Skotnes created on the side of the Graduate Columbus hotel in the Short North Arts District. Installed in the summer of 2019, the mural project includes an augmented reality experience—only the second of its kind in the nation.

This President’s Lecture Series event is made possible with promotional support from the Short North Alliance. Additional sponsors include the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Skestos Endowment Fund, and the Ohio Arts Council.

The virtual event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced registration is required. Click here to register to attend. Those unable to attend can view a recording of the discussion on Virtual CCAD after Sept. 14, 2020.

To learn about future CCAD President’s Lecture Series, click here or sign up for CCAD emails. For more information about CCAD’s healthy creativity initiative, visit

About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States. CCAD offers 12 BFA programs and a Master of Fine Arts program that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit