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Al Souza

American, b. 1944

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Al Souza

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American, b. 1944

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Biography

Al Souza’s cut paper and assemblage works reconfigure familiar items into abstract or surreal compositions that often convey a Pop sensibility. In his early work Souza created what he called “photoworks”, small dioramas composed of photographs and related items mounted in wooden boxes; these pieces explored issues of perception and authenticity, and questioned the camera’s capacity to represent reality. More recently, Souza has produced what he calls “paintings”, dizzying, vibrant compositions in which he assembles and glues together thousands of related and unrelated parts of jigsaw puzzles salvaged from thrift stores and garage sales. Common subjects include brightly colored plants and organic matter, buildings, and painting supplies. Souza’s work has been compared to that of Robert Rauschenberg.

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Biography

Al Souza’s cut paper and assemblage works reconfigure familiar items into abstract or surreal compositions that often convey a Pop sensibility. In his early work Souza created what he called “photoworks”, small dioramas composed of photographs and related items mounted in wooden boxes; these pieces explored issues of perception and authenticity, and questioned the camera’s capacity to represent reality. More recently, Souza has produced what he calls “paintings”, dizzying, vibrant compositions in which he assembles and glues together thousands of related and unrelated parts of jigsaw puzzles salvaged from thrift stores and garage sales. Common subjects include brightly colored plants and organic matter, buildings, and painting supplies. Souza’s work has been compared to that of Robert Rauschenberg.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial