Riyas Komu

A multimedia artist, curator based in Mumbai. Completed his Bachelors & Masters in Painting from Sir. J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1999.  He is the Ideator of Kochi-Muziris Biennale and Co-Founder of Kochi Biennale Foundation (est. 2010). He co-curated the first edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012 and has been the Director of Programmes of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (2012, 2014, 2016) and in this capacity, he has initiated the Students’ Biennale, Children’s Biennale (ABC, Art by Children), Artists Cinema, Video Lab, Let’s Talk series & History Now (Talks and Seminars), Pepper House Residency & Exhibition.

He has been the Advisor and Visual Arts Curator for Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa in 2016 & 2017 and has conceptualised and curated the ‘Young Sub-Continent’ project since 2016, 17 & 18. In 2016 he started URU Art Harbour a cultural hub in Mattancherry, Kochi, (Kerala) which promotes artists from the region focussing on research on Local Culture and Maritime History. Uru Art Harbour also provides a well-supported artist in residency and engages with international artists. He often responds to the time and thematically explores the political and cultural history of India especially Kerala.

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Sculpture

Photography

Installations

Sculpture


  • Royal Screw I, 2010

    recycled wood
    168 x 15 x 5 cm


  • Royal Screw II, 2010

    recycled wood
    168 x 15 x 5 cm


  • Royal Screw III, 2010

    recycled wood
    168 x 15 x 5 cm


  • Royal Screw IV, 2010

    recycled wood
    168 x 15 x 5 cm


  • Benevolent grass, 2010

    used wood, concrete, iron
    168 x 165,1 x 50,8 cm


  • Oil is well, let's play, 2007

    mixed media and digital prints on archival paper
    266,7 x 383,5 x 89 cm

Photography


  • IMMORTAL DEATH, 2005

    Photography on paper
    51 x 76 cm
    71 x 96 x 3 cm
    with frame


  • IMMORTAL DEATH, 2005

    Photography on paper
    51 x 76 cm
    71 x 96 x 3 cm
    with frame


  • IMMORTAL DEATH, 2005

    Photography on paper
    51 x 76 cm
    71 x 96 x 3 cm
    with frame

Installations


  • Rosso e Grigio, 2020

    Installation view
    Studio la Città, Verona


  • Immortal Death, 2005

    Installation view Studio la Città, Verona


  • Un racconto in sei stanze, 2016

    Installation view
    Palazzo Barbò - Studio la Città


  • Fragrance of a Funeral, 2010

    recycled wood, automotive paint, rchival print on linen
    126 x 36 x 60 cm


  • Oil is well, let's play, 2007

    mixed media and digital prints on archival paper
    266,7 x 383,5 x 89 cm


  • Oil is well, let's play, 2007

    mixed media and digital prints on archival paper
    266,7 x 383,5 x 89 cm
    installation view, Fondazione Pomodoro, Milan