Ruth Ige is a Nigerian-born artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology. Recent exhibitions include Dirt Future, Artspace, Auckland, 2017; Never an Answer: 12 Abstract Painters, The Vivian, Matakana, 2018; LISTE – Art Fair Basel, Switzerland, 2018; and Two Oceans at Once, ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland, current. Ige explores blackness by way of a painting practice that moves between gestural abstraction and figuration. She aims to create new narratives, placing her figures in what she calls ‘future-oriented spaces’, and creating images that are enigmatic, even secretive.