Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude


Born and raised in Harare, Nyaude is one of the most successful of Zimbabwe’s younger generation of painters. His dramatic and satirical paintings, based on visualisation of Shona proverbs and contemporary urban slang, defy characterization shifting with restless energy between readily identifiable symbols, abstraction and surrealism. His gesturally rendered effigies of idioms make the political deeply personal and the personal poignantly political. While responding viscerally to the issues in his own environment, as a painter, Nyaude also puts himself in conversation with broad ideas about art and history of painting, drawing his influences from Bosch and Bacon to Malangatana and Basquiat. 


Nyaude’s work has been exhibited globally with museum and gallery shows in Shanghai, London, Paris and Cape Town as Harare. In 2018 he took part in the New Museum Triennial, his work is found in notable public and private collections including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, Rubell Family Collection, Jorge Perez Collection and Yannick & Ben Jacober Foundation.