Sariyah Niko Benoit (she/her), also known as Riyah Niko, is an artist from The Bronx, NY, now living in Atlanta, GA. She grew up in an intergenerational apartment, where she was immersed in Haitian creole, Puerto Rican spang-lish and New York english. Surrounded by personal and collective histories of living on farms, Sariyah began to develop a relationship with the land and explore sustainable creative outlets as an effort to connect with her roots, heritage, and built environment. As she grew older, her pride in being from The Bronx took shape at the same time that she became increasingly aware of the disparate and unequal distribution of walkable and recreational greenways throughout the borough that she grew up learning was the greenest in the city. Sariyah soon realized the various barriers of entry that barred Black and Brown residents from accessing the green spaces made seemingly available to them. 
Inspired by regenerative agriculture, tenement housing in The Bronx, and dreams, Sariyah works as a painter, muralist, and horticultural educator, interested in black spatial politics, embodied memory, sustainable art supplies, and Black & Indigenous design motifs. She explores techniques using traditional supplies along with foraged and hand-processed materials. Notable is her art studio residency with Remerge in Sweet Auburn; participation through Black Sheep Fiber Circle in the GIST Yarn WEAVE Residency; and an Ag & Botanical Dye residency on Sapelo Island. Awards include Creative Action Fund and Create Change Fellowship from The Laundromat Project. Her pieces live in The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice and The Yes Please Bookhouse and Lending Library. Among Riyah’s twelve murals, her first four proudly adorn NYC public school walls.


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


2023 Production Consultant for SolARTS Festival. West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. Atlanta, GA.

2022-Present Garden Specialist and Educator. Spelman College, Spelman Food Studies Program.

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

2020 Program Coordinator & 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. 


2023-2024 REMERGE Artist studio residency. Sweet Auburn, Atlanta, GA

2023 Gist Yarn WEAVE Residency with Black Sheep Fiber Circle

2022 SAAFON Fiber Arts Organizing Fellowship, High Hog Farm, Grayson, GA.

2021 Indigo processing studio residency, Save Our Legacy Ourself, Sapelo Island, GA.

2019-2020 The Laundromat Project Fellowship 


2023 “Breaking Seed Dormancy,” West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Atlanta, GA.



West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, “SolARTS Festival” Atlanta, GA.

The Gathering Spot, “Art & Jazz Gala” Atlanta, GA.


Hidden Gallery 333, “Rebirth” Atlanta, GA.

Black Coffee ATL ,”Stacey Abrams, Pass The Mic to Women” Atlanta, GA.

The WXLLXM, “The Art of Metanoia” Atlanta, GA.

Ambient + Studio, “So Surreal Art” Atlanta, GA.


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


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


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.


Felton, Ariel. “How Two Activists From Atlanta Are Helping Preserve the Traditions of a Remote Georgia Island.” Vogue (Mural photos). Digital, February 28, 2023. 

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

“Check Out Riyah Niko’s Story” VoyageATL (Interview). Digital, October 26, 2022.

“Meet Sariyah Benoit | painter, muralist, film photographer, visual art enthusiast” Shoutout Atlanta (Interview). 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.



2021 Creative Action Fund Awardee. Laundromat Project.


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.


Nourish Botanica Advisory and Planning Committee, since 2023

SAAFON, since 2022

Black Sheep Fiber Circle, since 2021

The Laundromat Project, since 2019