Ryan Gander OBE (born 1976) is a British artist living and working in Suffolk and London in the UK. Over the past two decades, Gander has established an international reputation through a vast and pluralistic body of artworks that materialise in many different forms, ranging from sculpture, apparel and writing to architecture, painting, typefaces, publications and performance. As well as curating exhibitions, he is a committed educator, having taught at international 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’. Through creative and associative thought processes that connect everyday life 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.
He is one of the few professional disabled artists in the world.