Pedro Pires explores the concept of identity and stereotypes in direct relation to education, history, and institutions. This particular interest comes from his personal experience as an Angolan and Portuguese citizen. The artist explores his political, social, and economic identity and position in these two countries and continents, drawing parallels with other realities. His work uses media, techniques, and objects from different contexts that are heavily utilitarian and mass-produced to build various figurative and conceptual meanings of identity in different societies. He creates sculptures and installations using mass-production material and paper, where anthropomorphic forms emerge from partially destroyed material, playing with concepts of destruction and reconstruction.
Pires obtained a master’s 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.