ruby onyinyechi amanze’s practice is central to drawing and works on paper, where she explores space as a malleable construct, creating futuristic dreamscapes with animals, African textiles and constellations. Her works feature mythological, floating creatures playing as an act of revolution, emphasizing cultural hybridity or 'post-colonial non-nationalism'. The movement and language of Gaga with geometric patterns and washes of vibrant color are a few aspects of her current research and artistic practice.
amanze was born in Nigeria in 1982, grew up in the United Kingdom, and now lives and works in New York City. In 2004, amanze earned her B.F.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 2006.
In 2012-2013, amanze was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholars Award in Drawing to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Between 2015-2017, she was an Open Sessions participant at the Drawing Center and artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum.
amanze has exhibited her work globally in New York, Johannesburg, Miami, Paris, London and Lagos, including the California African American Museum, the Drawing Center, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2019, amanze was named the Deutsche Bank Featured Artist at Frieze New York.
She lives and works between Philadelphia and Brooklyn, but considers multiple places home.