Pedro Pires (b. 1978, Angola) creates sculptures and paper works that incorporate a wide range of mediums, from everyday objects – like plastic containers and rafia brooms – to industrial metal grinders. Pires’s practice works to draw out the utilitarian histories of mass-production and exploitation embedded in these items, as well as to explore questions about stereotypes and identity.
Pedro Pires was born in Luanda, Angola and currently lives and works between Lisbon and Luanda. Pires obtained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and was awarded the Fine Art Erasmus Scholarship from the University of Athens. His works have been included in various solo and group exhibitions across the globe, including Angola, Australia, Canada, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, the UK, and the US. Most recently, Pires’s work was exhibited as a part of the Official Inauguration of POLDRA Public Sculpture Project in Viseu, Portugal, the Lorne Sculpture Biennale in Lorne, Australia, and From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Pedro Pires has been Laguna Art Prize finalist, as well as an Artemar Finalist. He has completed residencies in Australia, Angola, South Africa and the UK, including the prestigious Delfina Foundation in London. His works are included in the permanent collections of Figueiredo Ribeiro Collection, João de Brito, Nuno Frota, PLMJ Foundation, and Mishcon de Reya Collection.