Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude

1988 · Zimbabwe

Artist biography

Creating fantastical creatures through a vibrant palette, Zimbabwean artist Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude emphasizes in his art a visual freedom from the oppression possible by a political state.

Having grown up in one of Harare’s most vibrant yet shady ghettos, Nyaude witnessed the painful disconnect between people’s aspirations for a better life and the reality of crime and prostitution that surrounded them. Perhaps as a means of catharsis, then, Nyaude paints strange and curious amalgams of creatures in an act of freeing himself not only from the bounds of one’s upbringing but also from the limitations of the human form.

Born in 1988 in the Harare ghetto of Mbare in Zimbabwe, Nyaude graduated from the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Visual Arts Studios in 2008. Since then, Nyaude has been an active exhibitor of his work. Recent showcases include “FNB Joburg Art Fair” at First Floor Gallery Harare in Johannesburg (2017); “Songs for Sabotage” at the New Museum Triennial in New York (2018); and “Harare Fauves” at Alon Segev Gallery in Tel Aviv (2019).

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