Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude - New Now London Thursday, April 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude was born in 1988 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mbare is Harare’s and perhaps even Zimbabwe’s most vibrant and notorious ghetto. Allegedly ridden with hooliganism, violence, and prostitution, Mbare is said to parallel the conditions of Harare for Zimbabweans during the colonial segregation era in respect of its hardship and quality of living space. To this day Mbare retains the character of a port city with its trade, shady deals and otherwise bustle of unremitting human traffic amid urban decay.


    Born and raised in Mbare, Nyaude works against the sweeping identity that has been defined by the voice of the state. His images oscillate between figuration, abstraction and hallucination, drawing from the restless energy of the ghetto. Living on the verge between survival and demise has been somewhat of a call to poetry, at times proving brutal and at others sentimental or cynically satirical. His figures defy characterisation, underscored by the humanity of their quest to attain a quality of life that appears even beyond the reach of dreams.

    • Provenance

      Africa First Artist Residency, Tel Aviv
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Tel Aviv, Alon Segev Gallery, The Harare Fauves, 1 February - 1 March 2019



Bearing Gifts

signed and dated 'g nyaude 2018' lower left
paper collage, spray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas
190 x 239.5 cm (74 3/4 x 94 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2018.

Full Cataloguing

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £7,560

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London Auction 28 April 2022