André Romão works across sculpture and text to explore a territory where normal interactions between bodies and entities are suspended or blur, at the border between human and animal and the natural and artificial. Romão’s work uses or appropriates materials in a speculative and poetic manner and is deeply rooted in the legacies of both Surrealism and the Baroque.
At Gasworks Romão is planning to research around the figures of fauns and satyrs, mythological characters existing in a state of exception, hybrid beings that are part-human, part-animal. His work will consider how they are both detached from the civilised world but at the same time civilised in nature.
André Romão lives and works in Lisbon. His recent solo exhibitions include; Fauna, Museu Berardo; Lisbon (2019); Flora, Museu da Imagem and BOCA Biennial, Braga (2018); Fruits and flowers, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon (2017); Sunrise, García Galeria, Madrid (2017); The monster dresses in Mirrors, Syntax, Lisbon; and 1977/1981, Kunstraum Bostchaft, Berlin (both 2016). Recent group exhibitions include; Becoming plant, Tenderpixel, London; I never thought I'd need so many people, Garcia Galeria, Madrid; The pull of a well placed comma, Museu de arte contemporânea de Elvas; Variations portugaises, Abbaye Saint André Centre d' art contemporain, Meymac; Processo alla Natura, Spazio Calderara, Milano (all 2018); Quote / Unquote, MAAT, Lisboa; The Lobster Loop, Monitor, Lisboa; Ways of the hand, Maisterravalbuena, Lisboa; Liquid time, Arquipélago - contemporary art center, Açores; and Utopia, Dystopia, MAAT, Lisboa (all 2017).
André Romão’s residency is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.