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Artist: Eli Africa

Work: SamTrans reached out to find visual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area who could create artwork to address their anti-racism campaign. My artwork attempts to make a positive impact by representing a diversity of characters in the bus-wrap design that was eventually applied to two Samtrans buses. These buses were then scheduled to change routes from time to time so that more neighborhoods that SamTrans served could see and experience the art firsthand. The Bus-Wrap was hand-drawn with Adobe Fresco on an iPad.

About: Eli was born in San Bernardino, California to Filipino immigrant parents. When his father retired from the U.S. Army, Eli immigrated to the Philippines with his family and lived there until he graduated from college. Upon moving back to California, he landed visual design jobs as a freelancer and also worked in several art production houses. During one of his trips back to the Philippines, he was invited to teach at his alma mater, the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, where he taught subjects in drawing techniques, art materials, photography, and conducted art outreach programs.

Soon after Eli got married and started a family, he moved back to California with his wife and two kids and started from scratch all over again. Since drawing faces was something he did for fun as a young art student, one of his first gigs upon returning to California was drawing caricatures on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. In various creative capacities, he has since worked with the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Children’s Creativity Museum, Asian Pacific Fund, Youth Speaks, Exploratorium, de Young Museum, University of California Scout,, and HMB Media.


Last Note: Feel free to explore and click through my website at As a multimedia artist, I can be commissioned for work in illustration, graphic design, iconography, editorial photography, animation, motion graphics, and video production/editing. I also create 2-5 minute chalk pastel caricatures for special events

Contact: Eli Africa
(510) 734-2407 mobile.

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