Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze

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ruby onyinyechi amanze
EducationTemple University
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Known forVisual arts

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze (born 1982) is a Brooklyn-based Nigerian-British artist noted for drawings and works on paper which focus on cultural hybridity or "post-colonial non-nationalism."[1][2][3] In addition to being an artist, she has also worked as a teacher and curator.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Amanze was born in Nigeria in 1982. She was raised in the United Kingdom, living there for 13 years before coming to the United States in 2004 when she moved to Philadelphia. She received a B.F.A. summa cum laude from the Tyler School of Art at Philadelphia's Temple University in 2004.[5] She received her M.F.A from Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.[6] Amanze now resides in Brooklyn, New York.


Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze's graphite, ink and pigment drawings, often combined with photo transfers, are populated by hybrid creatures that exist in multi-geographic spaces,floating in the white space of their paper substrate. She is greatly influenced by Nigerian artists and the Nigerian history of drawing.[7] Her mixed-media drawings center on the concept of displacement and cultural hybridity.[8]

Drawing has become her primary medium, with Amanze describing it as "constantly reinventing itself".[7] Despite working with various mediums, her current pieces are all centered around drawing, a favorite medium since childhood.[9] Only in college did she depart from drawing as her primary medium, instead majoring in the art of photography and textiles.[4] Influenced by textile design, photography, print-making and architecture[10], her work conveys cultural displacement, anxiety, and identity, inspired by her “pieced-together memories” of Nigeria.[11] These works explore a sense of displacement and existence between places, evoking feelings of homesickness and longing.[9]

Awards and residencies[edit]

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze earned a Fulbright Fellowship in 2012,[6] and was a recipient of the Fulbright Scholars Award for Teaching/Research at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2013).[12]

From 2015 to 2016 Amanze was an Opens Sessions participant at the Drawing Center, New York.[13]

Amanze was an Artist-in-Residence at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY in 2011, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council from 2014 to 2015,[14] the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, Florida in 2015, and the Queens Museum in Queens, New York, from 2016 to 2017.[15]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Amanze has exhibited internationally. Her solo exhibitions include:


ruby onyinyechi amanze's work is held in permanent collections including:

  • Deutsche Bank, London, U.K.


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  2. ^ Lindsay, Taylor (16 December 2016). "2017 Is the Year of Aggression for This Annual Performance Art Series". Vice Media LLC. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
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  4. ^ a b "Curator and Artist Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze on the Ancient, Universal Language of Drawing". Artspace. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ McMahon, Katherine (8 August 2015). "Habitat: Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze". ARTnews. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "First solo exhibition by ruby onyinyechi amanze opens at Tiwani Contemporary". ArtDaily. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b Corbett, Rachel (26 November 2013). "Curator and Artist Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze on the Ancient, Universal Language of Drawing". Artspace. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  8. ^ Museum, The Jewish (2018-02-05). "Black History Month: Picturing Black Love within the Jewish Experience". The Jewish Museum. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  9. ^ a b Gleeson, Bridget (15 December 2015). "A Nigerian-born Artist Meditates on Displacement and Longing in 'Salt Water'". Artsy. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | ruby onyinyechi amanze". Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  11. ^ "30 Emerging Artists to Watch During Frieze Week". Artsy. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | ruby onyinyechi amanze". Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  13. ^ "The Drawing Center | New York, NY | Open sessions | Artists 2016-2017 | ruby onyinyechi amanze". Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  14. ^ "30 Emerging Artists to Watch During Frieze Week". Artsy. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Queens Museum". Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  16. ^ "resume – ruby amanze". Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  17. ^ "ruby onyinyechi amanze at Tiwani Contemporary - IAM - Intense Art Magazine". IAM - Intense Art Magazine. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  18. ^ Farley, Michael Anthony (9 January 2017). "This Week's Must-See Art Events: Rejoice! Our Times Are Intolerable and Nasty Women Are Front-and-Center". Art F City. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  19. ^ Farago, Jason (25 January 2018). "A Museum's Fresh Take on the Whole Megillah". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2018.

External links[edit]

Official website