b. 1982, Bikita, Zimbabwe
Lives and works between Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Harare, Zimbabwe
Gareth Nyandoro combines three-dimensional objects with two-dimensional collages created using a technique the artist dubs ‘Kuchekacheka’. By inking, cutting, scratching and peeling layers of paper, Nyandoro creates uniquely textured surfaces of intricate designs in vivid monochromatic palettes. Human interaction within the urban environment is a recurring theme in Nyandoro’s work as he continues his investigation into issues surrounding urbanisation, alienation, displacement, diversification and social reconstruction that makes up the current Zimbabwean social fabric.
Gareth Nyandoro was born in Bikita, Zimbabwe in 1982. He obtained a National Diploma in Fine Art from Harare Polytechnic in 2003 before going on to further his studies in Creative Arts and Design at Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe, qualifying in 2008. In 2014 and 2015, Nyandoro was a resident artist at the Rijksakedemie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Since his debut solo exhibition titled Mutariri at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2012, Nyandoro has exhibited widely on the African Continent and internationally.
His most recent solo exhibitions include: Stall(s) of Fame, at the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris, France in 2017; IPA PO-IPAPO at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa; Gareth Nyandoro at Art Brussels in Belgium and Paper Cut in London, UK, all in 2016; Presentatie Gareth Nyandoro in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2015 and Weaving Life in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2013. During 2015, Nyandoro was one of three artists selected to represent the Zimbabwean Pavilion in a travelling exhibition titled Pixels of Ubuntu/ Unhu, curated by Raphael Chikukwa, for the 56th Venice Biennale in Italy, travelling further to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe and the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016. In 2015, Nyandoro took part in Round – Tripping: Gareth Nyandoro and Richard Parry at Narrative Projects in London, UK; TREK: Following Journeys at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town and Group Exhibition in Cologne, Germany. Earlier group exhibitions include; Zamboni for the Moose at Galerie Juliètte Jongma in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2014 and Live n Direct at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare in 2010. Nyandoro also featured in Colour Africa in Munich, Germany in 2011 and Expressions of Zimbabwe at the Université d’Aignon, France in 2008.
Gareth Nyandoro was selected as the winner of the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices 2016 Art Award. In 2017 Nyandoro’s work formed part of the inaugural group exhibition, All Things Being Equal at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2018 Nyandoro exhibited alongside Marlene Dumas, William Kentridge, Moshekwa Langa and Bahia Shebab in the group exhibition, Drawing Africa On The Map at the Quentzal Art Centre, Vidigueira, Portugal, followed by Five Bhobh – Painting At the End of an Era, an exhibition of contemporary painting from Zimbabwe, featuring twenty-nine artists from Zimbabwe at Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), in Cape Town, South Africa.
Gareth Nyandoro’s first solo show in North America has recently opened at the Van Doreen Waxter Gallery in New York, titled …READ ALL ABOUT. The show opened on the 8 November 2018 and will run until 21 December 2018.
Gareth Nyandoro is included in the much anticipated Zeitz MOCAA Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era. This exhibition features 29 Zimbabwean artists who have relevant socio-political commentary and are pushing the boundaries of contemporary painting.