Recipient of the FT/ OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices 2016 Art Award
SMAC Gallery is pleased to announce that Gareth Nyandoro has been awarded the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices 2016 Art Award. The Financial Times announced Nyandoro as a category winner during the gala award ceremony in New York on 26 September 2016. The panel of judges included: film director Mira Nair; artist El Anatsui; and novelist, political scientist and commentator Elif Shafak.
Already in its second edition, The Financial Times & OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards encourages and recognizes talent from emerging markets that include countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
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 Rijksakedemie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Nyandoro has exhibited widely both internationally and locally. Since his debut solo exhibitionMutariri at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2012, other solo presentations have included:Gareth Nyandoro at Art Brussels in Belgium and Paper Cut in London, UK, both in 2016;Presentatie Gareth Nyandoro in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2015 and Weaving Life in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2013. He was one of three artists selected to represent Zimbabwe in the exhibitionPixels of Ubuntu/Unhu, curated by Raphael Chikukwa, at the 56th Venice Biennale in Italy in 2015. That same year, 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.
SMAC Gallery in Cape Town is currently presenting IPAPO-IPAPO, Gareth Nyandoro’s latest solo exhibition, which shows a new body of large scale paper on canvas works and installations.