Born in 1972 in Mexico City, where he lives and works, Pedro Reyes is one of the major figures in Mexico's contemporary art scene. He seeks to develop critical discourse in his works through audience participation. He has founded several spaces for temporary projects and creates ephemeral objects, which require active public engagement.
The work of Pedro Reyes gives a physicality to invisible social relations, using geometry to unveil these connections. He develops projects, which propose playful solutions to social problems: from turning firearms into musical instruments to hosting the People’s United Nations, or handing out grasshopper burgers from a food cart.
The artist touches upon themes that are complex, yet he is able to reformulate socio-political and economic philosophies in a manner all understand. The viewers become participants, either through one-on-one conversations, therapeutic acts or as collaborators co-creating the objects. With his broad notion of sculpture, Reyes examines the cognitive contradictions of modern life, and suggests we overcome our particular crises by strengthening our individual and collective agency. Through individual power and collective organization it is possible to incite change using creativity and humor.