Mathenge depicts domestic scenes and everyday moments in vivid, colorful detail, while alluding to the tension between home, displacement, the contemporary woman and tradition.  

Wangari Mathenge (b. 1973) has degrees from Howard University and Georgetown University Law Center. In 2021 she added an MFA in Painting and Drawing fromt he School of The Art Institute of Chicago to her series of degrees. Her work has been exhibited in London, Chicago, Miami, New York, and Frankfurt among other cities. 


Tranquil figures that occupy Mathenge's paintings carry evocative connotations to domesticity and the experiences of Black immigrant women.