Wangechi Mutu

Born 1972, Nairobi, Kenya. Lives and works in New York.



Wangechi Mutu addresses the politics of identity in her work by juxtaposing images and materials from historical and contemporary sources. Her collages, paintings, sculptural assemblages, and prints create engaging and sometimes unsettling narratives where symbols transcend their original contexts and reach across temporal and cultural gaps. Mutu received her MFA from Yale University. Her work has been the subject of solo shows at museums and institutions throughout the United States and abroad including: Le Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal; WIELS, Brussels; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Miami Art Museum, Miami. Her work has also appeared in numerous group shows at institutions including: Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Gotesborgs Kunsthalle, Sweden; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Liverpool, UK; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. In 2010 Mutu received the Deutsche Guggenheim Artist of the Year, Berlin.