Nigerian born Ruby Onyinyechi latest illustrations.

For expatriates, straddling multiple cultural identities often presents a challenge. To authenticate my diaspora experience, I accept this space of neither here nor there, as it’s own unique hybrid culture or metaphorical bridge. Living in Nigeria is, in many ways, the missing chapter where all parts of my identity merge to add new dimension to an ongoing exploration of ‘home’. To safely navigate this sensory collision of familiar yet strange, spaces, memories, and cultures, I have invented an alter ego named Ada* the Alien. These drawings are a reflection of her layered experiences; living somewhere between reality and fantasy.

*Meaning first daughter in the Igbo language










ruby onyinyechi amanze is a Brooklyn based artist of Nigerian birth and British upbringing. Her drawings and works on paper have been influenced greatly by this cultural hybrid as well as textile processes and pattern design, print-making  and architecture. amanze graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. She then went on to pursue a M.F.A at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


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