Contemporary Art

Andrea Kvas

Italy 1986

Andrea Kvas
Andrea Kvas
November 22, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Andrea Kvas is an Italian artist who achieves a personal revision of pictorial grammar through a constant analysis of its fundamental components: sign, color, form and surface.

He was born in Trieste in 1986. Boy with Bucket is the suggestive title of Andrea Kvas’ first solo exhibition in Germany, hosted at Chert. There is no preferential way of viewing these pieces. Since there is no linear front, back or base, they can be moved, turned and placed in different positions.
Untitled, abstract, informal and purely physical, Kvas’ work produces perplexing questions around the themes of perception, of vision, of experience. This tension can only be released by removing our pre-conceptions, to enjoy the works, their materiality and inner poetic nature.

While moving freely between works on paper and works on canvas, wall drawings and installations of various sizes, his artistic practice includes elements of chance and improvisations which allows the member of the audience to find his own narrative route inside the work.

Andrea’s work merges an instinctive and playful approach to painting with an analysis and reconsideration of the codes that distinguish this discipline. Radicalizing, deconstructing and reconstructing in particular the relationship between paint and supports, his pictorial research calls for different fruition schemes; an attitude that led Kvas to find intersections with sculptural and relational practices. Painting is not intended merely as an object of contemplation, but as an instrument to set active dialogues with other objects, environments and the public, aiming to emphasize the contingence of materiality.

Andrea’s exhibition Atacai in Turin shows that his work is based on the deconstruction and analysis of the painting object. This analytical approach leads the developer to define the fields of action within which you can move, in both instinctive and emotional ways, experimenting with different techniques and approaches.

Often starting from the recognition of unusual or marginal areas, even if they are invested with a structural function like corners or ceilings, Kvas interventions assume a shape of infections which contaminate the environment in which they develop. The impromptu distinguishes the practice of Kvas, whose works are organisms made up of tensions of matter, stratification; chromatic relationships, spatial evocative and expressive. It is on this physical plane, unmediated, that the viewer is invited to engage with the works in their individual and contextual specificity.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Dizionario Di PitturaFrancesca Minini, MilanGroup
2014The Remains of the dayCasa Masaccio / Centro per l'arte contemporanea, San Giovanni ValdarnoGroup
2013Andrea Kvas - Boy With BucketChert, BerlinSolo
2013Andrea Kvas - campoMuseo Marino Marini, FlorenceSolo
2013FieldMuseo Marino Marini, FlorenceSolo
2013The Time Machine (The Survivors)Frutta, RomeGroup
2013EDITION SHOWChert, BerlinGroup
2013Elephant TalkCar drde, Bologna Group
2013Take the leapPeep-Hole, MilanGroup
2013Default as evidence of the desireNeon> campobase, BolognaGroup
2013Mobile FestivalBolognaGroup
2012I'll Explain You EverythiinnnggggChert, BerlinGroup
2011SisypheVault 747, Turin Solo
2011All in good time - Adrian Paci | Andrea KvasBasilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, BergamoDuo
2011SegalegaGiò Marconi Gallery, MilanGroup
2011SegalegaZero, MilanGroup
2011Posso errare, ma non di core, (I can err but no core. Present Perfect and Future perfect Italy)GC.AC - Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, MonfalconeGroup
2011Del povero B.B. (The poor BB)GUM studio, CarraraGroup
2010OPERA 2009Artists from Atelier Bevilacqua La Masa - Viafarini, MilanGroup
2010Half Square. Half CrazyViafarini, MilanGroup
2010Sure FeelingCrypt 747, TurinGroup
2010ArgonautsArt Verona, VeronaGroup
2010VettePalazzo Frisacco, TolmezzoGroup
2010SevenConduits Gallery, MilanGroup
2010Man ReducedBrown Project Space, MilanGroup
2010Laboratory c / o Brown Project SpaceMilan, ItalyGroup
200993ma Collettiva E I Borsisti Della 92ma (Fellows of the 92nd Collective)Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, VeniceGroup
2009La Meglio Gioventù (The Best of Youth: Hypothesis on Contemporary in Region)GC.AC - Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, MonfalconeGroup
2009Prague Biennale 4Prague Biennale, PragueGroup
2009SealedUscitaPistoia, PistoiaGroup
2009Rogers Now! - Fridge | kvass | RaceviciuteStation Rogers, TriesteGroup
2009New Italian EpicBrown Project Space, MilanGroup
2009Inconvenience - Images from the Asylum of San ServoloFondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Gallery of Piazza San Marco, VeniceGroup
2009Rodeo # 2 - A-LimitedFondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Palazzo Carminati, VeniceGroup
2008Fruz 03GC.AC - Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, MonfalconeGroup
2008Devozioni Domestiche - Recent works from the Venice Academy of Fine ArtsGalleria Contemporaneo, VeniceGroup
200892nd Collective ExhibitionFondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Gallery of Piazza San Marco, VeniceGroup
2008Devotions MilfContemporary Gallery, MestreGroup
2008Germination - A New BreedPalazzo della Penna, PerugiaGroup