Ryan Gander

born 1976


Ryan Gander OBE RA (born 1976) is a British artist. Gander is a wheelchair user who dislikes being described as disabled. He explains: “I don’t even feel disabled. I’ve spent my whole life trying not to be disabled, so I don’t want to be labelled a “disabled artist.” Since 2003, Gander has produced a body of artworks in different forms, ranging from sculpture, apparel, writing, architecture, painting, typefaces, publications, and performance. Additionally, Gander curates exhibitions, has worked as an educator at art institutions and universities, and has written and presented television programmes on and about contemporary art and culture for the BBC.

Gander is typically described as a conceptual artist, but this is a term he has refuted, referring instead to himself as "a sort of neo-conceptualist, Proper-'Gander'-ist, amateur philosopher". He was elected Royal Academician in the category of sculpture. Gander's work has been displayed in several different countries.

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