CCAD President’s Lecture Series Features Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati March 26

Feb 27, 2020
Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati portrait


* Due to the COVID-19 public health issue, this event will be rescheduled.


Mural artist to discuss healthy creativity

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati will come to Columbus Thursday, March 26 as part of the Columbus College of Art & Design President’s Lecture Series. The Los Angeles-based artist co-created one of Columbus’ tallest and most innovative mural projects last summer on the exterior of the new Graduate Columbus Hotel in the Short North Arts District.

As part of her focus on Healthy Creativity at the intersection of Creative Excellence, CCAD President Dr. Melanie Corn invited Yanoe to have a conversation about how balancing his work and well-being plays an important part in his success as an artist.

“Developing a thriving creative practice while keeping up with life’s obligations 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,” Yanoe 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 last summer, 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, Gramercy Books, 102.5 FM, The Skestos Endowment Fund, and the Ohio Arts Council.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the CCAD Canzani Center Auditorium. It’s free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Get your tickets today at 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 two master’s programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit

Short North muralist Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati to speak March 26 as part of Columbus College of Art and Design free President's Lecture Series.

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* Due to the COVID-19 public health issue, this event will be rescheduled.