Friday 19th April 2019,

Gadi Ramadhani


Gadi Ramadhani (B. April 10, 1986 Kigoma, Tanzania) is a self-taught Tanzanian visual artist who started painting from a very young age and later received an MAPP-SETA learnership to study printmaking at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, which is when he began pursuing art as a career.

Gadi’s work commonly deals with the subject of the male and female-form, children and but mostly political, inspirations gathered from the community that surrounds him. His prints and paintings have found their way to several institutions and exhibitions in Africa and abroad, and he has participated in several international art workshops and residencies.

Besides making prints, paintings, installations, and sculptures, Gadi was also the Manager of Nafasi ArtSpace in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 2009 to 2011 and he has participated as a trainer in special projects with Kuona Trust of Kenya, 32Degrees of Uganda, Nubuke Foundation of Ghana and Under The Same Sun of Tanzania. Gadi was also a co-juror of the Art Cross Border Competition held in 2012 and hosted by Emergent Art Space-California and he has since been working with the Irente Outreach Program, funded by the Finnish Foreign Ministry, as an art therapist and teacher for pre-adolescents with disabilities in Tanga region.

Gadi currently lives and works in Dar es Salaam and Lushoto where he has founded Koko’TEN, a Tanzanian mobile art center that believes in the transformative power of the arts in communities.

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