Saatchi Yates


Born in 1975, Atlanta, Georgia

Bijijoo (given name: Michael Todd) was born in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) in 1975 and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter. Bijijoo has been painting and drawing since childhood. He has experimented with figurative, abstract and conceptual work in a variety of media, including writing, music and video. Bijijoo diverged from art practice to pursue technical studies in mathematics, physics, computer science and chemistry, culminating in a Ph.D. in biophysics in 2008. Bijijoo’s work draws on his technical background in math, science and computer programming, as well as his daughter’s imagination and love of monsters. Bijijoo’s paintings result from process-driven experimentation with painting media and automatic drawing, using traditional and digital techniques. He builds mixed media layers to amplify interplays of light, colour, and texture. Images are conjured from chaos, in a process akin to divination. The forms that take shape trend toward human and animal: grotesque exaggerations of life, monstrous cartoons, vanitas. Narratives emerge through these interactions, reflecting struggle, celebration, and introspection. The results depict experiences, interactions, and movements frozen in a personal space and time.

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