Paul Senyol is a Cape Town-based abstract artist. Although he received no formal artistic training, he was initially inspired to create artworks by the skateboarding magazines that he read as a teenager. This prompted him to explore ‘free art’ in the early 2000s where he exhibited on street corners to unexpected audiences. He frequently draws from the graphic design found in various album covers, library books, magazine layouts, and illustrations to create his distinctive aesthetic.
Inspired by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michael Basquiat, and Henri Matisse, Senyol’s work celebrates details of everyday life through colour, line, and form. He makes use of diverse mediums such as acrylics, pastels, ink, pencils, and spray paint to create an interesting mix of textures and tones for his two-dimensional surfaces; which also range in variety from canvas to found objects.
Paintings such as Manifesto aim to translate the emotional experience of urban and natural spaces into spontaneous arrangements of vividly-coloured shapes and forms.