Habitat: Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze photographed in her workspace on June 29.KATHERINE MCMAHON

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze photographed in her studio on June 29.


Habitat is a weekly series that visits with artists in their workspaces.

This week’s studio: Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze; SoHo, New York. I caught Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze in her studio the day before she moved out. “I’m off to Miami soon,” she said, leading me through a lace curtain thinly veiling her workspace. Amanze is currently enrolled in the Fountainhead Residency in Miami but from September 2014 through June 2015, she participated in LMCC’s Workspace program, which is housed in the space of a former FBI evidence storage warehouse in downtown Manhattan.

Born in Nigeria, Amanze lived in the U.K. before moving to the United States in 2004 and receiving her BFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. At the moment she is preparing for a show alongside artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji at Omenka Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria, which opens October 3, and a solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, which November 19. Below, Amanze sheds some light on her process.


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