By Becci Sharpe
African Bricks for Sasi’s is a series of digital artworks that encompass a dazzling combination of materials, themes, colours, formations and techniques — all of which are inspired by Africa.
These vibrant murals are the work of visual designer Charis Tsevis, created to decorate the walls of his wife’s family’s African restaurant Sasi’s, in his hometown of Athens, Greece. Tsevis was asked to produce artworks inspired by everyday life, but also to pay tribute to the long traditions of Zulus, Ndebele, Xhosa and all tribes of the land.
On his Behance page, Tsevis passionately describes Africa as “a constant source of inspiration, and a solid point of reference for my life” — so he set to work creating something bold and complex to capture the historic and multifaceted African culture.
Each image in the series is a multi-layered composition of African influence, a mosaic of individual bricks that feature traditional prints, textures and patterns as well as authentic colours and subjects. The brick was Tsevis’ starting point, representing the typical matchbox houses of local communities and symbolising African themes of building a home and protecting the family. The artists explains, “My bricks are sometimes stable and others unstable. They are filled with other forms of African creativity — fabrics, art, leather, animal skins.”
Tsevis took these earthy and traditional elements and brought them together using digital technology, working with various software programmes to produce the final result. For the restaurant’s walls, each image was then printed large-scale onto plywood, adding yet another dimension of texture to this visual feast.
Find out more about these wonderful pieces, and the fascinating work of the artist on his website.