Hello. My name is Abi Mustapha. I’m a Sierra Leonean-American artist based in Santa Cruz California. My studio work is primarily focused on large scale contemporary realism inspired by examining the beauty of cross cultural diversity. My art examines the complexity of expression and identity through the creative process; drawing many small details on a large scale. Graphite, charcoal, acrylic and oil paint, are often my preferred mediums although the freedom of digital illustration, graphic design and mural work are quickly beginning to lure me away from my studio practice.
I have been showing work as a full time Artist in the bay area since 2013. My work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums in the Midwest and Bay Area including the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, The Richmond Art Center, Garret Museum of Art, and Joyce Gordon Gallery among others.
Born in Indiana, I am also a graduate of Indiana University earning a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in sustainability. Outside of the studio I enjoy camping, traveling the world (pre-covid) and snuggling up with a book when I can. I was the 2020 Santa Cruz Museum or Art and History artist in residence. My current studio space is located in the Tanner Arts Complex.