Wangechi Mutu

Howl, 2006*
archival pigment print with screen printing
35 x 24 inches
acquired 2006

Pages from Eve, 2006
Hard and soft ground etching on Japanese paper mounted on museum board, an artist’s book
10 x 8 inches each, set of 8 prints
acquired 2007


Born 1972 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mutu is a Kenyan born artist who uses collage to construct female figures to bring attention to the combination of eroticism and violence that is visited upon the female body. The artist observed that “Females carry the marks, language, and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.” Equally earthy and sci-fi, Mutu’s females are vixens that vibrate between the reptilian and the glamorous.

In 2012/13, Wangechi Mutu’s work was featured in Girls’ Club’s Following the Line exhibition.

Select Awards

2011  Cooper Union Augustus St. Gaudens Distinguished Artist Award, New York
2010  Artist of the Year Award, Deutsche Bank
2008  The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, New York
Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Awards, Emerging Talent Award, New York
2007  The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award New York