Catherine Anyango Grünewald
Catherine Anyango Grünewald (born 1982, Swedish/Kenyan) is an internationally exhibited artist and lecturer. In 2010 her graphic novel adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was published to critical acclaim and it has been translated into eight languages. In 2018 she illustrated Scandorama, a dystopian Scandinavian graphic novel written by Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo, and her own upcoming graphic novel, 2x2, explores the physical effects of guilt and corruption. Catherine’s fine art practice uses the materiality of drawing tools to explore meaning, exploiting the physical properties of pencil and eraser to render events with realism but to also explore unseen dimensions. Her drawings tackle the historical and contemporary systemic oppression of people who have been marginalized and underrepresented. The process and labor invested in the work is a direct homage to the subjects, victims of violent domestic or institutional crimes. Catherine taught at the Royal College of Art in London for ten years and is now a senior lecturer in illustration at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Photo © Mikael Lindström.