Andreas Dettloff
(1963, Iserlohn, Germany)

Andreas Dettloff is an artist from Germany who lives and works in Polynesia. He was born on October 26th, 1963 in Iserlohn in Germany and he joined the Fine Arts School of Düsseldorf in 1982 on the results of an entrance examination. Awarded several times for his works, he obtained a federal grant that enabled him to travel in Australia, to Easter Island and in Tahiti, where he definitively moved in, in 1989. Andreas Dettloff exhibited everywhere in the Pacific and in Europe, mostly in Germany or in France. In 2000, he exhibited at the Biennale de Lyon (“Partages d’exotismes”). He uses emblematic signs and symbols of the Western and Polynesian societies to give a humoristic aspect to it. This artist that distrust communitarianism, denounces by this way their limits and contradictions. His art is characterised by a diversion and a hybridisation that sometimes is close to the iconoclast.