Neequaye Dreph Dsane
b. 1973, England

Dreph is a visual artist working across a wide range of media. With a focus on portraiture and painting the human figure, Dreph’s subjects are everyday people, friends, family or those he meets whilst painting in the streets. With exploration of colour and an attention to sartorial detail, he uses his work to tell his subjects stories.

He is inspired, as much by 80s British sci-fi comics and New York subway art, as he is the old masters. Dreph is passionate about the cultural and creative exchange that can be shared whilst travelling and this has profoundly informed his practice. After 3 decades of street based painting, Dreph’s work can be found in Asia, Africa, the UAE, Central, South and North America and throughout Europe.

Dreph is an Illustration lecturer at Portsmouth University. He lives and works in London.

PGDE Level 6 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (post 16 PGCE equivalent); 2012, University of Bolton

BA Art, Design & Media (Illustration pathway); 1997, Portsmouth University.


Still Breathing: 100 Black Voices on Racism – 100 Ways to Change the Narrative, Harper Inspire, July 2021

Simon Armstrong, “Street Art (Art Essentials)”. Thames & Hudson , Oct 2019

Tristan Manco, “Street Sketchbook: Inside the Journals of International Street and Graffiti Artists”, Thames & Hudson, Oct 2007

JAKe, The Mammoth Book of Street Art by Barnes & Noble

Selected Exhibitions & Projects

2021 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

2021 Ruth Borchard (Long listed), Virtual Exhibit

2020 Portraits of Yesteryear, Virtual Exhibit

2020 50 Windows Public Art trail, Manchester

2019 Sky Arts Portrait Artists of Year contestant, London

2018 Migration, mural project, London

2017 You Are Enough, mural project, London

2017 Tate Modern, After Hours: Soul Of A Nation, 3 day live painting, London

2016 Artists Series, mural project, London

2009 Cracked, group exhibition, London

2008 Cans Festival 2. London

2006 Lines Of Attitude, group exhibition and mural project – South Africa And Kenya

2004 Underground Resistance, curation / group exhibition, London

2003 Sublime Intervention, Manchester

1991 Icons, Group Exhibition, Croydon


August 2019, Projeto Xalabas, Cape Verde

November 1019, Favela Sounds, Sol Nascente, Ceilândia, Brazil 


2019, Tedx Tottenham, Bernie Grant Arts Center, London, April 2019

2018, Common Thread, Crafts Council & Creative Debuts, London

2018, Onley Prison

2018, Guest lecturer, University of Portsmouth

2017, Royal Institute of British Architects, London

2017, Black Blossoms & Shades of Noir Artist Conference, University of Arts, London