Gareth Nyandoro: Ruwa
From 13 March to 9 May 2020, Tiwani Contemporary will present Ruwa, a solo exhibition of recent work by Gareth Nyandoro.
Nyandoro is noted for his large works on paper, which often spill out of their two-dimensional format and into installations that include paper scraps and objects found in the markets of Harare, where he lives and works. The artist’s chief source of inspiration is the daily landscape of the city and its residents, both within the local milieu and the larger cultural panorama of Zimbabwe. Inspired by his training as a printmaker, and derived from etching, the artist’s distinctive technique, Kucheka cheka, is named after the infinitive and present tense declinations of the Shona verb cheka, which means ‘to cut’.
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. Gareth Nyandoro was selected as the winner of the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices 2016 Art Award. 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.
In 2019, Gareth Nyandoro exhibited alongside artist, Alexandra Karakashian at the 13th edition of Art Dubai in Dubai, UAE, as well as presented his solo exhibition titled Juggling Skills, at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition coincided with the launch of the first publication dedicated to his body of works. 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 exhibition, Drawing Africa On The Map at the Quetzal Art Centre, Vidigueira, Portugal.
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