Sariyah Niko Benoit (She/Her), also known as Riyah Niko, is a painter, printmaker, gardener, and educator from The Bronx, New York currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her surrealist goals are to deconstruct her audience’s attitudes about longevity, individuality and community, and sustainable wellbeing, and reconfigure their parts as joy and community power. Riyah’s pieces evoke laughter and present absurdity.

EDUCATION

Emory College of Arts & Science — BA in African American Studies

GROUP EXHIBITION HISTORY

2022
Hidden Gallery 333, “Rebirth” Atlanta, GA.
Black Coffee ATL ,”Stacey Abrams, Pass The Mic to Women” Atlanta, GA.
Ambient + Studio, “So Surreal Art” Atlanta, GA.

2021
Hidden Gallery 333, “The Awakening” Atlanta, GA. 
swm.nyc, “SWM” Brooklyn, NY.

2020
FIT State University of New York, “Black in Time” New York, NY.

2019
Gotham Hall, “CFK Gala,” New York, NY.
H-Loft, “Ratchet Opulence” New York, NY.
Gallery House (Pratt Institute), “Remember Us” Brooklyn, NY.
The Capitale, “The Regal Ball,” New York, NY. 
Davidson College, “R.O.O.T.S.” Davidson, NC.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

2022 Visual Art, Fiber Art, and Gardening Summer Program Manager. East Point Housing Authority & Black Art in America Foundation. Atlanta, GA.

2020 Art Instructor. Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School. New York, NY.

2019-2020 Facilitator. The People’s Studio @ Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). New York, NY.

2019 Curator. “Ratchet Opulence Art Showcase” Fundraiser and Community Gathering. H-Loft. Harlem, NY.

2018 Educational Programs Intern. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Charlotte, NC.  

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Coates, J., Bostick, K.J., Jones, B.A. et al. “What is the impact of aminoglycoside exposure on soil and plant root-associated microbiota? A systematic review protocol” Acknowledgement in Environ Evid 11, 18 (2022). 

Mankaprr Conteh” Rolling Stone (Headshot). Digital, June 10, 2022.

Check Out Riyah Niko’s Story” VoyageATL. Digital, October 26, 2022.

Meet Sariyah Benoit | painter, muralist, film photographer, visual art enthusiast” Shoutout Atlanta. Digital, July 20, 2021. 

2020 Create Change Fellow | 2021 Creative Action Fund Awardee” Laundromat Project. Digital. 2021.

Pedagogy and Purpose” Laundromat Project. Digital, July 9, 2020.

THE LAUNDROMAT PROJECT SELECTS…” ARTFORUM. Digital, January 27, 2020.

“Department of African American Studies” AAS Emory University. 2018“Department of African American Studies” AAS Emory University. 2018

Pascal, M.. “Wade in the Water – Sariyah Benoit And Sophen Joseph.” Wade in the water. 2016.

AWARDS

2021 Creative Action Fund Awardee. Laundromat Project.

RESIDENCY & FELLOWSHIP

2022

Garden Technician, Food Studies, Cellulose Fiber, Botanical Dyes Grant funded project. Spelman College Garden, Atlanta, GA.
Fiber Arts Organizing Fellowship. SAAFON & High Hog Farm, Grayson, GA.

2021

Indigo and Botanical Dye Residency. Save Our Legacy Ourself, Sapelo Island, GA.

2020

The Create Change Fellowship. The Laundromat Project, New York, New York.

COLLECTIONS

Sketching Sapelo (3 x 12in canvas). Yes, Please Bookstore and Lending Library. Scottdale, GA. 2022.

Repatriate (33 x 36in canvas). Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice. Durham, NC. 2020.

COMMISIONS

3 sisters, 3 generations Mural (12ft x 9ft). National Black Food and Justice Alliance Office. Atlanta, Ga. 2022.

East Point People Mural (5.5 x 30ft concrete). Oz Pizza and East Point MARTA Station. East Point, GA. 2022.

Grand Opening Mural. Dog House Boxing and Fitness Gym. Woodstock, GA. 2021.

Spirit of Sapelo Mural (7 x 15ft). Sapelo Go Country Store. Sapelo Island, GA. 2021.

Affirmations Mural. The Chill Spud restaurant. Atlanta, GA. 2021.

Motivation 2 Mural. The Chill Spud restaurant. Atlanta, GA. 2021

Motivation 1 Mural. Tru Skills Barber Shop. Atlanta, GA. 2020

Kickback Cacti Murals. P.S. 142. New York, NY. 2020.

Love Learning Murals. P.S. 314x. Bronx, NY. 2020.

School Murals Project. Thaddeus Stevens P.S. 81. Brooklyn, NY. 2020.

Zora Neale Hurston Mural. Brighter Choice Community School. Brooklyn, NY. 2019.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

SAAFON, since 2022

The Laundromat Project, since 2020