Pedro Pires (b. 1978, Luanda, Angola) concluded his MFA in the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London) in 2010, and a BA in Sculpture in 2005, at the Fine Art Faculty of Lisbon. He also received the Fine Art Erasmus Scholarship for the University of Athens in 2004.
Pires’ research is essentially devoted to questions of identity, namely to the sense of a disrupted national identity, which the artist himself has experienced in his existence as an Angolan and Portuguese citizen. Using different techniques and everyday objects, the artist constructs unique figurative and conceptual sculptures and installations, marked by anthropomorphic forms that emerge from partially destroyed materials, evoking the concepts of destruction and reconstruction. In his works, Pires reflects his unique social and political position towards both Angola and Portugal and the post-colonial framework that marks the history between these two countries. By drawing parallels with different realities, he also urges us to ponder issues such as the contemporary reality of refugees and human rights more broadly.