Art Auction East Africa 2022 Lot 40 Beatrice Wanjiku

Beatrice Wanjiku (Kenyan, born 1978)
Yellow Memory, undated
Unsigned with certificate of authenticity
Mixed media, oil on canvas
76 x 140 cm
Ksh 700,000 – 900,000 ARR
(US$) 6,100 – 7,850
Provenance: Private collection
Sold Ksh 1,995,800

Beatrice Wanjiku’s paintings explore the tension between external pressures and our internal state of being. The human form takes primacy in Wanjiku’s work. This early work, created in 2005, is more overtly figurative, a precursor to the more gestural, haunting abstract figures for which she is known today.

In 2000, she received a diploma from the Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts in Nairobi and quickly became a distinguished artist on the Kenyan contemporary art scene. Wanjiku’s work has been shown and collected widely in Kenya. Major international exhibitions include Africa Now: Emerging artists from a continent on the move, Washington DC, 2008, Africa Within: Many eyes one soul, London, 2006 and Pop-Up Africa at GAFRA, London, 2014.

In 2015 she participated in the exhibition Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York curated by Smooth Ugochukwu and The African Tree at Ostrale 2015 Dresden, Germany and the Mercosul Biennale in Brazil currently.