Los Angeles-based artist Andy Robert announced as the winner of this years TOMORROWS/TODAY section.
Andy Robert is a painter who balances abstraction with recognisable imagery and enjoys the experimentation and tinkering that comes with painting pictures. His work relies on the idea that images are to be bent and folded, taken apart and put back together again. A belief that art is a philosophical means to look at and examine things—to question, test ideas, and engage with the world. And that in painting a picture something is being taken apart to put back together; there is an inherent risk in breaking it. As a Haitian-American immigrant and painter, Robert views the world critically as a contradiction of mass-communication and increased voicelessness.
Robert’s work has been exhibited in Los Angeles at Blum & Poe, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; domestically at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and internationally at the Bienal de las Fronteras at the Instituto Tamaulipeco para la Cultura y las Artes, Tamaulipas, Mexico; and at the Paris Avant Premiere, Paris, France. His 2017 solo exhibition LAKOU: ONE TWO FIVE was presented at Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles.
He is the recipient of a California Community Foundation Fellowship Award for Visual Arts Grant, a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Artadia Awards (2018) and the William H. Johnson Prize (2017). Robert holds an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, and also attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Studio Museum in Harlem Artist in Residency Program.
The TOMORROWS/TODAY cash prize is supported by Fondazione Fiera Milano. As part of its institutional aim, Fondazione Fiera Milano pursues cultural and economic growth through activities that engage with the promotion of art and knowledge. The exhibitions supported by Fondazione Fiera Milano, which have become of primary importance in the architectural world, exemplify this pursuit. Fondazione Fiera Milano places a particular focus on contemporary expressions of design and art. With this focus in mind, Fondazione Fiera Milano established an annual art fund in 2012, with the aim of acquiring works of art to enrich its artistic heritage. These acquisitions are conserved in the Fondazione’s premises, in the historic Palazzina Degli Orafi, in Largo Domodossola.
Robert was chosen as the winner of the prize by an international jury, comprised of Josh Ginsburg, Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloa and Nana Oforiatta-Ayim. One of his artworks will be purchased by Fondazione Fiera Milano and will be included in their collection.
The 8th edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair took place from the 14th until the 16th of February 2020.