ruby onyinyechi amanze

Selected Works

ruby onyinyechi amanze

you looked for a beginning but there was none, 2019 Photo transfers, ink, graphite Work: 106.7 x 152.4 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

bird dance #1 (structural), 2018 Mounted Inkjet Print on Semi Matte Photo Paper Work: 96 x 183 x 23 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Leopard-Leopard, 2019 Photo transfers, ink, graphite, custom three sided mount Work: 101.6 x 139.7 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

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

ruby onyinyechi amanze

The Gap [and the beams of sun, special ordered on our behalf], 2017 Graphite, ink, photo transfer, metallic pigment, acrylic on paper Work: 427 x 183 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Holding Patterns [for when invisibility fails], 2018 Graphite, ink, photo transfers, coloured pencils and metallic enamel on paper Work: 183 x 350 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Ada and Audre, 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers and metallic enamel Work: 127 x 96.5 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

Kin folk (Part A), 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers, colored pencils and metallic enamel Work: 127 x 96.5 cm

ruby onyinyechi amanze

[Twin]... the sky and an ocean are the same, 2015 Graphite, ink, photo transfers, colored pencils, metallic enamel and resin Work: 96.5 x 127 cm


ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria) is a visual artist who draws on paper.
amanze’s practice builds around questions of how to create large-scaled drawings that maintain paper’s essence of weightlessness while simultaneously holding a multi-dimensional form or structure.

Using a limited palette of visual elements, including ada the Alien, windows and birds, amanze’s drawings are an illusion of an expansive world situated between nowhere and everywhere. Despite incorporating a recurring host of characters, amanze maintains a non-linear and non-narrative approach to representational drawing, insisting the primary antagonist is the space of the paper itself. The construction of this world is largely centered around an interest in the spatial negotiations found in the three dimensional practices of dance, architecture and design.

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.

amanze earned her B.F.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2012-2013, amanze was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Today she resides between Philadelphia and Brooklyn, but calls multiple places home.


ruby onyinyechi amanze / ther...

19 May - 15 June 2018

the silences between

24 August - 29 September 2017

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19 January - 25 February 2017

[In Context] Africans in Amer...

17 November - 17 December 2016


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