Gabriel Tendai Choto was born in 1995 in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was raised in Bradford, and currently lives and works in London, England. After completing his Diploma in Art and Design at Leeds Arts University (formerly Leeds College of Art) in 2012, Choto went on to gain a BAFA in Drawing from Camberwell College of Art (UAL), London, in 2014. He is currently undertaking an MFA at Central St Martins, London, UK.
The artist creates mixed media works on paper by combining the two disciplines of printmaking and painting, finding new pathways into the painted image by taking cues from the surface quality produced by the printmaking process. His evolving experimental practice involves layering areas of naturalism rendered in oil paint over the delicate compositional architecture of etchings, to produce subtle, striking portraits. Sensitive and intimate, these images often include close family members, depicting quiet moments of contemplation or affectionate domestic scenes. They draw on themes of home, pride, identity and diaspora.
Selected group exhibitions include FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London, UK (2018); Flock, GX Gallery, London, UK (2017); Blxckout Revolution: The Exhibition, 198 Gallery, London, UK (2017); BAME, Hotel Elephant Gallery, London, UK (2016); and Long Live the New Flesh, Tower Gallery, London, UK (2015).
In 2018, Choto was selected for the Clyde & Co Art Award, with his works being included in the Clyde & Co exhibition in London.