Andre Komatsu

Andre Komatsu was born in 1978 in São Paulo, Brazil. He currently lives and works in São Paulo. He received a BA in Fine Arts from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado in 2002. In 2009 he took part in an international residency programme at the Bronx Museum, New York. Komatsu’s work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions including Ponto de Equilíbrio, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2010) and The Peripatetic School, Drawing Room, London (2011).

The duality between power and its subversion is an inherent part of André Komatsu’s artistic strategy. His installations are both subversive and poetic, drawing from everyday observations in an urban context. Komatsu reconstructs these observations in a visually purified manner, with a bold strategic intervention which leads to an ironic undermining of the transformed construction itself. The reconstructions are reflections on power structures that build on order and strength and will become “ruined” by the details of their own transformation.

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For the PinchukArtCentre Komatsu has created two new installations. Anamorfose systematica and Systemas Valores (both 2012) offer abstractions of socially accepted value systems, which have lost their validity but still continue to be observed in certain political, economic and social contexts.