Bruno & Ramona Kristo live and work together in Antwerp, Belgium. Their sculptures are deeply rooted in the Great Stories of our species and boldly expanded towards a dystopian investigation of our relationship with space, time and self.
Kristo’s unorthodox choice of materials and techniques both enhances and reflects the inherent symbolic undertones of their distorted figurativism.
Out of a vast and eclectic repertoire of artistic mediums, they currently favour bitumen, bronze, steel and, notably, the negative spaces, discarded seams and anomalies of their symbiosis.
They have a particularly strong creative connection with bitumen, a residual by-product of petroleum distillation that is virtually nonexistent in the material repertoire of fine art but bountifully present in Kristo’s visual language.
In harvesting bitumen’s raw properties and surfacing its final form, the artist couple forges a reverent dialogue with their conceptual muses spanning from pre-history to futurism.
Recent honours of Kristo’s work include an extended exhibition of ‘E.A.D 97K’ in dialogue with the iconic Pieter Breugel the Elder’s ‘Dulle Griet’ in the closed collection of the Mayer van den Bergh Museum (2016), the acquisition of ‘the resurrection of Antigoon’ by Port of Antwerp as the first artwork to permanently accompany the new Port House by Zaha Hadid (2017) and the inclusion of ‘the lamentation over the Solar Child’ in the collection of the revered Saint Paul’s Church in Antwerp.
Artist talks on ‘the lamentation over the Solar Child’ will be held on location during Slow Art Day (14 April 2018), Museum Night (04 August 2018) and Night of the Antwerp Churches (11 August 2018).