Gareth Nyandoro

b. 1982, Bikita, Zimbabwe
Lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe

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, 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 Mutaririat the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2012, Nyandoro has exhibited widely on the African Continent and internationally.

In 2018, Nyandoro’s solo show, …READ ALL ABOUT, opened at the Van Doreen Waxter Gallery in New York, USA; and his work was included in the group exhibition, Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa. Nyandoro also exhibited alongside Marlene Dumas, William Kentridge, Moshekwa Langa and Bahia Shebab in the group exhibitionDrawing Africa On The Map at the Quentzal Art Centre, Vidigueira, Portugal. Most recently, Nyandoro has been chosen to exhibit alongside artist, Alexandra Karakashian, at the 13th edition of Art Dubai in Dubai, UAE with SMAC Gallery.

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 Cutin 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 Directat 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.


Nyandoro will be presenting a solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg in September of this year.


Gareth Nyandoro was included in  Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa. This exhibition features 29 Zimbabwean artists who have relevant socio-political commentary and are pushing the boundaries of contemporary painting.

Nyandoro’s work was recently included in the exhibition Drawing Africa on The Mapan exhibition that brings together artists from different parts of Africa who all have their artistic roots in the fragile and compelling medium of drawing. In their own individual way, each of these artists have left their mark on the wider world of art and on contemporary African discourse.

Catinca Tabacaru | Harpers Bazaar | #TheLIST: Up-and-Coming Artists You Need to Know | 15 February 2018 – PDF

Roxana Azimi | Le Monde | Gareth Nyandoro: “Westerners are racing for Africa, but we have always been here” | 22 June 2017 – PDF

The Herald | Exciting era for Zimbabwean artists | 6 March 2017 – PDF

Caroline Elbaor | Artnet | Zimbabwe Ready to Make a Splash at the 2017 Venice Biennale | 8 September 2016 – PDF

Rose Carr | The Financial Times | Gareth Nyandoro, winner, Emerging Voices 2016 Art Award | 27 September 2016 – PDF

Contemporary & | In Conversation with Gareth Nyandoro: Exploring the Dimensions 16 April 2016 – PDF

Lara Monro | Artsy | In “Paper Cut,” Gareth Nyandoro Takes an Abstract Stroll Through the Markets of Zimbabwe | 1 March 2016 – PDF