ruby onyinyechi amanze

Selected Works

Chasing relentlessly after fading things - The Birth of BLACK, audre marries its indigenous self - Shadows validate existence (ada and Twin find ground), 2014
Pencil, ink, pens, photo transfers, collage
203 x 528.5 cm
kisses at a beach with a hammock for audre [to learn to pray], 2014
Graphite, ink, colored pencils, fluorescent acrylic, photo transfers
243.84 x 182.88 cm
Kin folk (Part A), 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers, colored pencils and metallic enamel
127 x 96.52cm
Either way, you'll be in a pool of something, 2015
Graphite, ink and photo transfers
Work: 101.6 x 152.4 cm
The way you think is like a wing, 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel
Work: 127 x 96.5 cm
[Twin]... the sky and an ocean are the same, 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers, colored pencils, metallic enamel and resin
96.52 x 127cm
Fluidly Grounded, 2015
Graphite, ink and photo transfers
Work: 96.5 x 127 cm
Ada and Audre, 2015
Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel
127 x 96.52cm
Swimming in pink gave birth to the moon [when the heart's prisms were beyond enuf], 2016
Ink, graphite, colored pencils, metallic enamel and photo transfers on paper
183 x 244 cm
there is abundance, 2016
Ink, graphite, photo transfers and coloured pencils on paper
Work: 183 x 260 cm
How To Butterfly, given "the rate of flow of a fluid, radiant energy, or particles across a given area” , 2016
Ink, graphite, coloured pencils, fluorescent acrylic, photo transfers and spray paint on paper on wood
Work: 183 x 289.6 x 16.5 cm
The Gap [and the beams of sun, special ordered on our behalf], 2017
Graphite, ink, photo transfer, metallic pigment, acrylic on paper
427 x 183 cm
wrapped in air one finds new ground , 2017
Graphite, ink, photo transfer, coloured pencils on paper
Work: 96.5 x 127 cm
The one that feels like air and laces cakes with edible gold, 2018
Graphite, ink, paper, photo transfers, colour pencils
Work: 96.5 x 127 cm
Holding Patterns [for when invisibility fails], 2018
Graphite, ink, photo transfers, coloured pencils and metallic enamel on paper
Work: 183 x 350 cm
The Pool, 2018
Graphite, photo transfers, coloured pencils and metallic enamel on paper
Work: 139.7 x 101.6 cm
bird dance #1 (structural), 2018
Mounted Inkjet Print on Semi Matte Photo Paper
Work: 96 x 183 x 23 cm
'I was never really there', 2018
Irregular diasec mounted drawing in graphite, ink, photo transfers, resin coating on paper
Work: 95 x 76 x 23 cm
'Don't stay', 2018
Graphite, ink, paper, photo transfers on plaster coated paper
Frame: 103 x 141 cm
Leopard-Leopard, 2019
Photo transfers, ink, graphite, custom three sided mount
Work: 101.6 x 139.7 cm
you looked for a beginning but there was none, 2019
Photo transfers, ink, graphite
Work: 106.7 x 152.4 cm

Biography

ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, 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.

In her approach to art, amanze’s body of work establishes an introspective dialogue and personal quest in an attempt to materialise her experience of displacement and dislocation. 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.

Most recently, amanze completed two-year long residencies at the Queens Museum and as part of the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Program, both in New York. She has exhibited her work internationally in Lagos, London, Johannesburg and Paris, and nationally at the California African American Museum, the Drawing Center and the Studio Museum of Harlem. In 2019, amanze was named the Deutsche Bank Featured Artist at Frieze New York.

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 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.

amanze currently resides between Philadelphia and Brooklyn, but calls multiple places home.