About the Artist: Gareth Nyandoro

Gareth Nyandoro (b. 1985) was born in Bikita, Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in Harare. He studied Fine Art at the Harare Polytechnic College and the Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe.

He has had exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Stichting Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam, and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

He co-represented Zimbabwe at the 56th Venice Biennale, Italy. His work forms part of the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.



"Ruwa" furthers Gareth Nyandoro's explorations of Zimbabwe, drawing inspiration from the rapidly changing urban and cultural panorama of the country. Working across drawing, printing, painting, sculpture and installation, Nyandoro finds constant inspiration in the country of his birth and its people.

What can occur when labor and survival play muse? The work of artist Gareth Nyandoro reveals the particularities and strategies of commercial life in Harare, the capital of the African country of Zimbabwe where the artist studied and currently, lives and works.

In the last two decades, the country has undergone dramatic economic shifts as agriculture and certain industries have collapsed and shrunk. Over the years, its informal sector has grown exponentially and is now the biggest in Africa - accounting for at least 60% of the country’s economic activity. Around 90% of the country's workforce is employed in this sector.