Ekene Manduka smiling and holding a tondo painting

Ekene Emeka-Maduka

Reconstructing identity, heritage and femininity in surreal self portraits.

“I don’t make my work fearing what people might think.”

Oil portraits by Ekene Maduka narrate stories of heritage, femininity and Blackness. Dedicated to what she calls “the study of the self,” Maduka’s compositions present repeated versions of her own image, as well as friends and family in domestic settings. Thus the works emphasise the performativity of identity and also how selfhood is intrinsically tied to those around us. Home, memory and displac...

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Ekene Emeka-Maduka, born 1996, was raised in Kano, Nigeria, before moving to Canada as a student. She now lives and works in Winnipeg.


In 2018, the artist received highly sought-after sponsorship from The Dean Collection, an organisation founded by Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys.

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While primarily a painter, upon close inspection many of Maduka's works include mixed-media elements, such as vibrant wax-printed fabrics which call to her Nigerian heritage.

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