Born in Nairobi, artist Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b.1972) was educated in Great Britain and the United States. Having received a BFA from Cooper Union College in New York in 1996 and an MFA from Yale University in 2000, Mutu creates paintings and collages that incorporate a variety of themes and materials. Her pastiche-like works on paper are made from Mylar polyester film, acrylic paint, packing tape, glitter, and imagery from magazines. She explores themes of sexuality and femininity, violence, consumerism and excess, and the rift between nature and culture. For a 2005 work called Cancer of the Uterus, Mutu used a medical pathology diagram, facial features cut from a magazine, fur, and a heavy application of black glitter to create an eerily distorted, mask-like face. Mutu is currently represented by the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and the Victoria Miro Gallery in London. Her work has been exhibited at many institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Miami Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Mutu currently lives and works in New York.