Born 1976 in Chester, United Kingdom.

Lives and works in London and Suffolk.


1996–1999 First Class Degree, BA (Hons) Interactive Art Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
1999–2000 Post-Graduate Fine Art Research Participant Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht
2001–2002 Post-Graduate Fine Art Participant Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam


2017 Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to contemporary art (OBE), United Kingdom
2015 Award of Doctor of Arts of the Manchester Metropolitan University, Honoris Causa
2009 Winner of the Zurich Art Prize, Haus Konstruktiv, Switzerland
2006 ABN AMRO Prize, Netherlands
2003 Prix de Rome for sculpture, France

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2017 These wings aren’t for flying, National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka
2016 Heterotopias. Avant-Gardes in Contemporary Art, curated by Camille Giertler, Aubette 1928, Strasbourg
The Connectivity Suite: Formerly known as an Exhibition entitled: Make every show like it's your last, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Creative play entails some risk taking, curated by Rui Amaral, Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto
To stand amongst the elements and to interpret what one knows, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenes, Deurle
2015 Portrait of a blind artist obscured by flowers, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
Make every show like it’s your last, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2014 Make every show like it’s your last, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
2013 Make every show like it's your last, Frac Île de France / Le Plateau, Paris
Esperluette, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2012 Boing, Boing, Squirt, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City
2010 Intervals: Ryan Gander, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2017 The Transported Man, Broad Art Museum, Lansing, MI
Jaguars and electric eels, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin
2016 Portrait of the Artist as an Alter, FRAC Haute Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen
ME, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
Prière de toucher, le tactile dans l‘art, Tinguely Museum, Basel
British Art Show 8, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
2015 Performa 15, New York, NY
Between the Idea and Experience, 12th Havana Biennial, Havana
Panorama, High Line, New York, NY
When I Give, I Give Myself, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
2014 The Peace One Day Art Project for 2014, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Blue Times, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
2013 Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
2012 When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis, San Francisco, CA
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel
9th Shanghai Biennale

Ryan Gander's œuvre evokes fictional spaces, institutions and figures. His work is extremely varied, unified more by a conceptual vision than by formal appearance. It often combines fictional presence and absences, creating objects that refer to events, other absent objects, art works or persons, both real and imaginary. The voids or absences, evoked by the suggestion of missing items either named, delineated or circumscribed by traces, act as witty, sometimes lyrical invocations of the power of imagination. His attention is often focused on the playfulness and imagination of children, which is often more expansive and less restrictive than adult behavior, less encumbered by "reality", facts and appearances.