Yvapurü Samaniego with Frank Schoepgens

Yvapurü Samaniego (born in Asunción - Paraguay, lives in Helsinki - Finland) is a multidisciplinary artist who works with various media artwork from drawing to painting, photography and performance to the intervention on the public space. Also Creating, Designing and Restoring wooden furniture from antiques or modern houses.



The work of Yvapurü hybridises various fields and materials from drawing, painting, photography and performance. The very creation, appropriation of advertising imagery, or intervention in public spaces creates a critical discourse about the human vanity and social dystopia. His iconography focuses on portraiture in a search for personal identity and his aesthetic influences arise from pop and expressionism. The formal distortion and the intense colours of his works, plastically transfigure the reality of the characters, while provides us  an ironic view of the mystification of contemporary consumption.

Text: Fernando Moure, art critic, 
Köln – Germany

I studied photography at the university of applied sciences in Dortmund. From 1998 to 1999 I stayed a year in Paris to assist photographers. After my return I finished my studies in 2002. In 2003 I moved to Barcelona where I lived for nearly 7 years. During these years I was invited to my first exhibitions, such as Kunsthaus 414 in Barcelona or for several times to the PHOTOKINA in Cologne.

In Barcelona I got to know Yvapurü Samaniego for the first time. It was Barcelona where we developed this kind of art and first applied it to city backlights.

In photography I focused on people and architecture photography, both in commercial such as art photography. In 2010 I was invited to Asuncion / Paraguay to exhibit my work at the Instituto Cultural de Alemaña and host a workshop for photography there. At that visit I started a very important work of mine, a series about a Mennonite Colony in Paraguay. In 2012 the Museum für angewandte Kunst MAK in Cologne exposed my work in a group exhibition about architecture in China. Although I am a photographer I like to work cross medial, such as collage, screen printing, tape art (with Yvapurü) because it feels good not to be determined by just one technique. I am represented by Galerie T in Düsseldorf.


If you don´t get it, it must be art.

Yvapurü Samaniego with Frank Schoepgens:
Kölnsinky, 2015, collage and tape art, a detail.
(Photo: Timo Nieminen.)

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