Caspar Petéus

Caspar Petéus

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CASPAR PETÉUS WAS BORN 1988 IN GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN.

AT THE AGE OF 10 PETÉUS BEGAN TO EXPERIMENT WITH WRITING GRAFFITI, AND WOULD LATER ON PAINT MURALS WITH A COLLECTIVE FORMED FROM A GROUP OF CLOSE FRIENDS AND ARTISTS FROM MALMÖ AND STOCKHOLM.

AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL, PETÉUS WORKED IN THE RESTORATION INDUSTRY WITH TWO OF SWEDEN’S LEADING CONSERVATORS TO RESTORE PAINTINGS, HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AND CHURCHES.

IN 2011 PETÉUS ATTENDED AN ARTIST RESIDENCY AT SPINNERET IN MALMÖ WHERE HE BEGAN TO WORK WITH ACRYLIC PAINT ON CANVAS.

AFTER TEMPORARY RESIDENCES IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BUENOS AIRES, MILAN AND STOCKHOLM, IN 2012 PETÉUS MOVED TO NEW YORK.

HE CURRENTLY WORKS IN A VARIETY OF MEDIA, INCLUDING PAINTING, COLLAGE, PHOTOGRAPHY, DIGITAL AND TEXTILE WORK – MAINTAINING A CONSTANT TENSION BETWEEN WITHIN A MULTITUDE OF ELEMENTS.

THROUGHOUT THE WORK HE FLUCTUATE BETWEEN FLUID AND STAGNANT, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE GROTESQUE. MOVING FREELY BETWEEN FIGURATION AND ABSTRACTION, HE WORK FROM SKETCHES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND ADOPT IMAGERY FROM HISTORICAL PORTRAITURE. MY COMPOSITIONS AIM TO TRANSFORM HISTORY INTO OBSCURE ENTITIES, REFLECTING AN UNKNOWN FUTURE.

PETÉUS LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK, NY.