lala by sakiko

Lala Openi

mixed-media artist & designer learning self actualization through colloquial metamorphism.


Through identity and visual design, documentary filmmaking, spoken word, motion graphics shorts, murals and painting, digital illustration, I strive to do right by the stories that need to be told, heard, and shared.




5th generation San Francisco Bay-bred, Openi utilizes digital, tactile and auditory art forms to activate narratives of identity and engage in introspective conversation on the ever-shifting cultures of both self and space.


Lets build.


I truth-seek through mediums.

As an artist, I like to choose my brushes carefully; the truth is multifaceted, and different sagas require different brushes.

Whether you need branding, graphic design, custom illustration, mural paintings, motion graphics, animations, I love to collaborate on creative projects.

Currently available for commissions, selected projects and collaborations.


Here are some brushes I use on the regular

  • Video Production & Editing
  • Motion Graphics
  • Branding & Identity
  • Brand Consulting & Design Support
  • Concept Development
  • Web Graphics & Site Building
  • Portrait Photography & Photojournalism
  • Illustration & Mural Painting



Some people I've had the pleasure of working with.


Curated Screenings & Solo Shows


November 2017
Hawaii International Film Festival
Category: Made in Hawaii
Honolulu, HI

September 2017
Spellin Spells x FFLYY stories
Ark of the Unicorns, Honolulu, HI

July 2017
Spellin Spells x FFLYY stories
#SanctuarySpaceHI hosted by Aupuni Place
Ward Warehouse, Honolulu, HI

April through June 2017
Spellin Spells
The Manifest, Honolulu, HI

February 2017
From Shadows
Hound & Quail, Honolulu, HI


September 2016
Building With: Christian Eddings
Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production:
A Symposium Honoring the 20th Anniversary of
Cheryl Dunye’s “The Watermelon Woman”
Oakland, CA


August 2016
From Shadows
Studio213, Honolulu, HI


June 2016
Building With: Christian Eddings
Queer Brilliance Film Festival
Oakland, CA


June 2015
Carriers of the Funk Film Festival
Omiiroo Gallery, Oakland, CA


April 2014
The Discourse: Words Are Power
The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA


February 2013
Hosted by the Homies x The Discourse
Moco Gallery, Oakland, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions


August 2017
"U" by Openi
"The Plan" by DeMareon Gipson
Night Light: Divine Revolution 2017
SomArts, San Franscisco, CA

June 2017
Urban x Indigenous III: Keep Pushin'
SomArts, San Franscisco, CA

April 2017
From Shadows
Witness | From Shadows
The Arts at Marks, Honolulu, HI

November 2016
"Mosaic Mantras"
"The Discourse"
We've Been Here
AS Art Gallery, San Franscisco, CA


July 2016
The Black Woman is God: Night Light
SOMArts, San Franscisco, CA


April 2016
Future Dreams
Layer Studios, Oakland, CA


July 2015
"Mosaic Mantras"
Krowswork Gallery, Oakland, CA


July 2015
"U-GODS: Reflections on Divinity"
Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party
SOMArts, San Francisco, CA


April 2015
"One Struggle, Many Fronts"
In collaboration with Thomas Wong, Joy Liu, and Greg Morozumi
Who Is Oakland / I Am Oakland
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA


April 2014
"Celestial Ponderings in Oracle Bone"
Beings of Stardust // The House of Malico
Grid Gallery, Oakland, CA


March 2013
"Creator and Destroyer"
Black Dandelion
The Hellas Hideout, San Francisco, CA





Get in touch

Lets build! Shoot me a message and we'll make a game plan.

Chinatown Artists Lofts
Honolulu, HI
Open first fridays

General Inquiries