Pedro Proença

Comicos / Pedro Oliveira

Pedro Proença often presents his work in group shows alongside that of other artists notable for its visual exuberance,eclectic references, provocatively ludicrous elements, and clearly ironic approach to the making of art. Proença’s own work, however, is completely personal. His paintings are dominated by drawing and indeed, he commands a rigorous graphic technique. The figurative images lean toward the metamorphic, the expansive, and the ornamental. Human, animal, and vegetable forms develop rhythmically into perverse deformations that transform one into the other. Usually his drawings have neither beginning nor end, unfolding in multiple directions like climbing vines. Indeed, his work seems to want to occupy all of the space in which it appears. Proença created a site-specific installation, Dynamis: Virtu e Potenza (Canzone) (Dynamic: virtue and power [song] 1989), that completely

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