We were pleased to host ruby onyinyechi amanze for the first of the CCA's Collegian Talks. On the 17th of May amanze spoke on the process her drawings take and the importance of this in the final artwork, looking at her own immersion into the work, quite literally at times, as well as outside influences from different places she has been to and people she's met to how these manifest in the recurring characters of her work..
amanze (b. 1982 in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria) is a Brooklyn-based artist of Nigerian descent and British upbringing whose creative practices and processes focus on producing mixed media, paper-based drawings and works. Her art draws inspiration from photography, textiles, architecture and print-making The motifs and symbols of amanze’s works create non-linear narratives which articulate and delve into ideas surrounding free play as an act of revolution and post-colonial, non-nationalism as an accepted norm in Western societies.
amanze relocated to the United States to study a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. She graduated summa cum laude and continued her academic career obtaining a Masters degree in Fine Art from the respected Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Recognised for her academic excellence, in 2012-2013, amanze was the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholars award and was hosted by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Currently, amanze resides in Brooklyn and is the artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum in New York. She regularly exhibits her artworks both nationally and internationally at galleries in New York, London, Johannesburg and Lagos.