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


August 2018
Hawai'i Rainbow Film Festival
Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu, HI

February 2018
Valentines to my Ancestors
About the Goods
Honolulu, HI

November 2017
Hawai'i 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


June 2018
"Fragments of Spectrum" 
Installation by The House of Malico
Craneway Pavillion, Richmond, CA


April 2018
Co-Created with Kaleipumehana Cabral
CONTACT HAWAII: Reimagining Waikīkī
Waikīkī, HI


April 2018
From Shadows
Co-Created with Eat Cake Gallery
Gardens Project presented by Art World Escape
T-Galleria by DFS
Waikīkī, HI


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 Cultural Center
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

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