Beatrice Wanjiku, Ache of Ceaseless Divining, 2017, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 150 x 100 cm. Courtesy ARTLabAfrica
Beatrice Wanjiku, Ache of Ceaseless Divining, 2017, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 150 x 100 cm. Courtesy ARTLabAfrica  

Beatrice Wanjiku’s distinctive canvases and works on paper probe the human condition, delving into the psyche to question notions of reality and positionality. Taking her own experiences as a jumping off point for her investigations into existentialism, Wanjiku’s practice scratches away at the superficial images we project into daily life, peeling away the layers of constituted social norms to reveal spectral figures that Wanjiku believes represent our inner selves.

Wanjiku attended the Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts (BIFA) in Nairobi from 1998 to 2000. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2017 she was part of the exhibition, Personal Structures: Open Borders, organised by the European Cultural Centre and held at Palazzo Mora, Palazzo Bembo and Giardini Marinaressa during La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, as well as When the Heavens Meet the Earth, The Heong Gallery, Downing College, Cambridge.