25 May 2008
(Born in 1971)
titled and signed "Systematic Citizen - IX/OIL ON CANVAS/84" x 60" (on reverse); further signed and dated 'RIYAS KOMU/Riyas Komu; 2006' (on reverse)
oil on canvas
210 x 150 cm. (84 x 60 in.)
Painted in 2006
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Exhibition Catalogue, Riyas Komu: Systematic Citizen, New Delhi, Palette Art Gallery, 2006, not paginated.
New Delhi, Palette Art Gallery, Riyas Komu: Systematic Citizen, September - October, 2006.
Riyas Komu is trained as a painter though he successfully explores a diverse group of media including sculpture, photography and video installation. His paintings were most recently featured in the Arsenale of the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007. Typically, these paintings are large scale portraits that posses an inherent political or social agenda. Komu's portraits are comprised of randomly chosen images from the media and are intended to convey the angst and frustration felt by the common man in regions experiencing strife and unrest. Although his paintings are disquieting and draw the viewer into a miasma of desolation, the final and underlying current is one which celebrates the resilience of common man.
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