Wangechi Mutu


Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-born artist who was trained as an anthropologist and a sculptor. She has risen to much critical acclaim with her figurative collages that challenge culture and gender. The artist uses fragments of images taken from magazines to illustrate and comment on the roles of women, cultural identity, African politics and international fashion. Mutu’s figures are simultaneously attractive and repulsive and attempt to seduce the viewer with surreal and sexual associations. Mutu received her MFA from the Yale University School of Art and her BFA from Cooper Union in New York. She has also attended the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. Mutu has been featured in countless exhibitions, including a solo show this year in Beijing titled “interrupted” with the PKM Gallery. Other recent exhibitions include “Still Points of the Turning World” with Site Santa Fe and “An Alien Eye and Other Killah Anthems” with Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York. The artist has participated and received awards with Art Pace Residency in San Antonio and the Studio Museum Artist in Residence in Harlem.