Kianga Jinaki Art

African Inspired Dolls, Quilts and Thangs

Welcome To Kianga Jinaki Art!!!

Welcome to my world! As a fiber artist the soft-sculptures, quilts, and mixed-media collages that I make all represent the stories that my mind, my heart, and spirit are able to tell with my hands. These story-pieces share with the world the beauty that I see, the pain that I feel and the wisdom that has carried me through the challenges that I’ve faced. A daughter of the diaspora, I incorporate African textiles, glass, clay, metal beads, bone, artifacts, photographs, and text into my art pieces.  I also create my own textiles by painting, stamping, tie-dying, quilting or sun printing. Ninety percent of the sewing, embellishing, and manipulating of the textiles incorporated in my work is sewn by hand and not by machine. Because so much of my process is self-taught my work has a ‘folk art’ feel to it. I research the concepts that I wish to include to make sure I am representing them accurately, especially if I’m including some ancestral component or cultural reference to a specific art piece.  As an artist I want to share the power and beauty of a captured moment…..of a captured experience. Romare Bearden once said: “It’s not so much what you see when you look at a painting… but what you feel.” I want the beauty of my work to capture you and the message of my work fill you.


The 9th Annual African-American Fiber Arts Exhibition: Maya Angelou May 8 - June 21, 2015 City Hall, South Charleston, North Carolina

Collaboration African Diaspora,  Feb 17 - Mar 20, 2015 Palm Beach State Collage Eissey Campus

Art at the Palm Beach International Airport,  July 9 - Oct 8 2014 on  Level 2 of the PBIA Main terminal.
UBUNTU: I AM BECAUSE WE ARE,   April 19 - May 10 2014, 1310 Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Contemporary Quilts from Traditional Textiles, Oct. 13-28,2013 Dei Centre for the Study of Contemporary African Art, Accra, Ghana
Collaboration African Diaspora, Sept. 20-Nov.9, 2013 Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Mermaids & Merwomen in Black Folklore: An exhibit of dolls & quilts, Feb - March 2010, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, South Carolina

Roots Of Racism: Ignorance and Fear, Sept 2002- Sept 2004, Artist In Embassies Program, Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan


Ruby Award for Artistic Excellence 100 Black Women West Palm Beach Chapter, June 17, 2000

Neighborhood Arts Residency Program 2000 Grant Recipient, Palm Beach Cultural Council

Neighborhood Arts Residency Program 1999 Grant Recipient, Palm Beach Cultural Council