Jackie Karuti was born in Nairobi, Kenya. She works predominantly in the medium of drawing and painting but with her gradual embrace of new media, she has incorporated a conceptual and experimental approach to her work. Her work’s main focus explores themes of death, identity and urban culture using installation art as well as video and still performances. Jackie has exhibited and participated in workshops and residencies in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and the USA. She was an artist in residence at The Bag Factory in Johannesburg, 2014 and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, 2012. Jackie was also a recipient of the Moving Africa travel grant by the Goethe Institut in 2014 through which she got to attend the Dak’Art biennial in Dakar, Senegal. Her deep love for books and interest in exploring new techniques has seen her collaborate with other artists in various film, photography and academic projects as well. Her studio is based in Nairobi.