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


2022 Elected Royal Academician
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)

2019 Ryan Gander: The 500 Million Year Collaboration, Kunsthalle Bern
2018 Good Heart, Base / Progetti per l'arte, Florence
2017 These wings aren’t for flying, National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka
The day to day accumulation of hope, failure and ecstasy, Laguna Gloria, The Contemporary Austin, Austin
Works by Ryan Gander, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka
2016 Heterotopias. Avant-Gardes in Contemporary Art, curated by Camille Giertler, Aubette 1928, Strasbourg
Human / non Human / Broken / non Broken, CC Foundation, Shanghai
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
Ryan Gander: READ ONLY, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2014 Make every show like it’s your last, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
The artists have the keys, 2 Willow Road, London
Art Park Ordrupgaard, Ordrupgaard Museum, Copenhagen
2013 Make every show like it's your last, Frac Île de France / Le Plateau, Paris
Ryan Gander's Associative Photographs, 2004, Zabludowicz Collection, New York
Incredibly shiny stuff that doesn't mean anything, Okayama Kyoto Hospital, Okayama
2012 Esperluette, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Boing, Boing, Squirt, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City
Lost in my own recursive narrative, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples
2011 Icarus Falling, An Exhibition Lost, Maison Hermès, Le Forum, Tokyo
You have my word, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka
2010 Intervals: Ryan Gander, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Apologia della storia – The historian’s craft, ICA Milano, Milan
2018 Beautiful World, Where Are You?, 10th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
The Great Exhibition of the North, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Beaufort 2018, Beaufort Triennial, Koksijde
2017 The Transported Man, Broad Art Museum, Lansing, MI
Jaguars and electric eels, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin
Field Guide, RemaiModern, Saskatoon
Everything at Once, The Store, London
Dioramas, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Original Fake, curated by Adam Carr, MAISTERVALBUENA, Lisbon
Night in the Museum: Ryan Gander curates the Arts Council Collection, Attenborough Centre, Leicester (touring)
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 has established an international reputation through artworks that materialize in many different forms from sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation, performance and more besides.


Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge, a reinvention of the modes of appearance and creation of an artwork. His work can be reminiscent of a puzzle, a network with multiple connections, the fragments of an embedded story, a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging viewers to make their own connections and invent their own narrative in order to solve the charade with its many solutions, staged by the artist.