B. 1971

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Riyas Komu’s work draws from the public domain. His subjects are charged with significance bringing about a disturbance depicting an element of political disquiet. For Riyas, art is a medium for social comment on the situations the world is facing today.” Komu deploys portraiture, also, to register a cryptic side or oblique remark on contemporary culture. Riyas Komu’s recent paintings and sculptures propose a bold re-formatting of the genre of portraiture. Komu’s portraits are close-up shots of nameless and dispossessed individuals redeemed, visually if not materially, from the flux of life at the margins of globalization” – Ranjit Hoskote