Who the Fuck is Mr. Teko?
Teko van Kuyk’s works deal with his latent Latin influences. He was born in Switzerland and after a short time living in New Zealand, he went to live in Latin America, first for 15 years in Brazil and then 9 in Argentina, where he began to invest strongly in his art career. Over the span of 6 years, he took part in more than 60 group shows and 5 solo shows.
After this period of inspiration he decided it was time for a change, so in 2016 he moved to Berlin, and he’s been loving it here. He has exhibited and sold his work all around the world in cities such as Berlin, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Brussels, Barcelona, and Madrid.
Teko is an artist that doesn’t overthink about pushing boundaries to what art can be but prefers his art to be judged by the mass public. In a way evaluating his art by putting it into public criticism, Teko is a daring and fearless artist. He always experiments with material, balancing on the thin line between technology, art, and design.
His motto? “My work deals with shallowness, pop-culture, and pink”
It’s always unexpected what will come of his art. Art for him can be anything and everything. Following Warhol’s ideology “everything the artist does is art”, Teko finds himself exploring art in all sorts of languages, all sorts of techniques until the end result is satisfying enough for the buyers.
He is interested in an art which is more a product of contemporary internet-kitsch aesthetics rather than a vessel that carries supposed complex meanings and needs an expensive frame to be considered as such.
His art comes as an aftermath of flashy inspiration from everyday life with a touch of deep research, yet playful and deliberately kitsch effect. As he once said, “our times are kitsch, and so should our art be”. He mostly plays with ready-mades and daily symbols following the streams of pop art and Duchamp-ism, to suggest that maybe art is just a toy for rich pockets and not so much a deep, incomprehensible concept that needs to be unveiled.
His art is still about discovering new pathways and new ways of expression, new subjects, and new results. One would call his method almost scientific; like a scientist, he experiments on the materials available and sees what will happen; how people will react; and what the beauty might be.
This, he lets his buyers decide for him. As he likes to put it, he is a deeply-shallow artist.
International fame, shower upon me!
Here we go straight to international fame!
Hell of a year, my career in Berlin is starting to take off.
Street art festival – Berlin Mar 2018
Solo Show – Art von Frei – Berlin Jan 2018
Group show – Berlin – Dec 2017
Azucar Pocket show #5
Group Show Gift Raum – Sept 2017
Street art festival – August 2017
Summer Selection 3
Group show Art von Frei – July 2017
Collaboration May 2017
Street art festival – Berlin 2017
Pop up the Jam
Art fair Brussels March 2017
Art fair Madrid February 2017
Summer selection II
Group Show Art von Frei – July 2016
ROOM ART FAIR Art Fair
Madrid – Feb 2016
The last Tango Group Show
Casa A – May 2015
Bye Bye Buenos Aires
Solo ShowKorova – May 2015
Azucar Expressive Art
Group Show El Colectivo – Febuary 2015
Azucar Street ART
Group Show El Colectivo – Febuary 2015
Azucar at Arte Dos
Group Show Arte dos – December 2014
Azucar @ EGGO art fair Art Fair
C. Cultural Recoleta – October 2014
Azucar Visits Black Hat
Group Show Black Hat Bar – August 2014
Azucar Visits patio del liceo
Group Show Patio del Liceo – May 2014
Art Luján Group Show
Comarcas de Luján – April 2014
Azucar MAG audiovisual channel
Group Show La Oreja Negra – March 2014
Teko van Kuyk: Golden Hits
Solo Show Patio del Liceo – December 2013
Azucar #6 Group Show
Azucar Gallery 41 – November 2013
Azucar Presents: Digital art
Group Show Azucar Gallery 41 – August 2013
Group Show Azucar Gallery 41 – June 2013
Grand Opening: Azucar Gallery
Group Show Azucar Gallery 41 – May 2013
Group Show Mattone Gallery – April 2013
Mattone + Bolivia
Group Show Mattone Gallery – March 2013
Azucar #4 Group show
Comuna Art Space Rio de Janeiro – Brazil – Feb 2013
Azucar ART SALE
Group fair Lo de Teodoro – December 2012
Group Show Patio del Liceo – November 2012
Group Show Palermo university – November 2012
Group Show Esperanza Azcurra – August 2012
Tekito: From the Block
Solo Show Esperanza Azcurrra – March 2012
Tekito: Plastic Fantastic
Solo Show Guionarte Art Space – December 2011
Duo Show Flea Market – September 2011
Group Show Barcelona Spain – March 2011
Group Show Circuit House – Buenos Aires October 2010
Art at esquina
Group Show Corner bar – September 2010
Group Show Jah bar – September 2010 Garcharte Group show Algun
Group show Algun lado art space – May 2010
Teko code: Rock
Solo show Code Rock Bar – December 2009Vinils 780 Collective show 780 art Space – December 2009 GLS Art Collective Show B.a. National School – April 2009 Amour Collective Show Mattone Galleri FEB 2009
Collective show 780 art Space – December 2009
Collective Show B.a. National School – April 2009
Collective Show Mattone Galleri FEB 2009
PRESS ME BABY, ONE MORE TIME!
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