Beatrice Wanjiku, who was awarded the “Most Promising Female Artist”
title in Kenya in 2006, is now swiftly becoming an internationally lauded artist.
Her work displays emotional richness and requires full engagement of the
viewer’s mind and soul.
Beatrice's paintings play with the processes of revealing and concealing. She explores themes of vanity, humanity, memories and transitions, by playing
with layering, texture and typography and using key texts lifted from
magazines, novels, and newspapers.
The contrast between abstraction, text, montage and layering and the image
of the face on several of her paintings is to explore the notion of the self
through the perception of the other. The face as the final layer gives something recognizable to the viewer, a point of clear identification rooting the play of
words and ideas in the physical human form and our most immediate
expression of the self, the face.
Beatrice has participated in various group and solo exhibitions in Kenya and abroad; including in the US and the UK. Her work has been acknowledged by various awards and scholarships. Beatrice’s latest award entailed a sponsored visit to the 2012 Dak’Art Biennale (Goethe Institute’s Moving Africa Fund).