André Komatsu

The Brasil­ian André Komatsu was born in 1978 in Sao Paulo, where he still lives and works today. He stud­ied fine arts at the Fun­dação Armando Álvares Pen­teado. In 2005 he won the Bolsa Pam­pulha Award and four years later Komatsu par­tic­i­pated in a res­i­dent pro­gram at the Bronx Museum in New York.
Only in recent years, after being abun­dantly shown in his own coun­try, the work of André Komatsu started to go beyond his bor­ders. The artist describes his work as a reflec­tion of a series of per­cep­tions that are born by the meet­ing of streets, urban spaces, of which he observes the logic of con­struc­tion and evo­lu­tion. Start­ing from demo­li­tions, aban­doned objects, destroyed walls, Komatsu acts on a recon­struc­tion, search­ing for new mod­els of exis­tence and coex­is­tence. His instru­ments for com­mu­ni­cat­ing a polit­i­cal view from the bot­tom, made of ten­sion and resis­tance, are draw­ing, sculp­ture, instal­la­tion. Among the mate­ri­als that he uses with more fre­quency are frag­ile crys­tal glasses and build­ing com­po­nents — often they must sup­port the other, with the risk of break­ing into a thou­sand pieces. Komatsu’s thought, in fact, lingers on the rela­tion­ship itself between the parts of a sculp­ture, of artis­tic nature, but social before that, on its pos­si­bil­i­ties for sur­vival and on its inevitable trans­for­ma­tion in time.
Among Komatsu’s more impor­tant col­lec­tive shows are Ponto de equi­lib­rio (Insi­tuto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, 2010) and The Peri­patetic School (Draw­ing Room, Lon­dra, 2011). In 2011 the artist received the Pre­mio Illy for Sus­tain Art, assigned by ARCO Madrid, with the work Con­creto Peri­od­ico, and had the oppor­tu­nity to present a project for artist’s cof­fee cups.

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