ruby onyinyechi amanze is a visual artist whose practice is primarily centered around drawing and works on paper. In a non-linear and open narrative, her drawings explore space as a malleable construct, the freedom to play as an of revolution, and cultural hybridity or 'post-colonial non-nationalism' as a mundane norm. Design, architecture, rollerskating and the movement language of Gaga are a few aspects of her current research and artistic practice.
amanze was born in Nigeria in 1982. She immediately relocated to the U.K. where she spent the next thirteen years, prior to moving to the U.S. 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 nationally and internationally 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.