The Author

Being a cosmopolitan was almost put into the cradle of Andrés Ginestet (born in Germany in 1964) who, from Spanish parents but born in Germany, grew up in his homeland Spain.

In early years Andrés already understood that he had to confront violence as a theme. In the Lyçée Français of Barcelona he firstly got an insight to the philosophical perspective, and from then on up until today he still has this experience and knowledge in his mind.  A serious accident causing a scull fracture marked him deeply, seeing as he barely survived and had a serious near to death experience, which changed his view of himself and his position in the world. In 1982 he finished school with A-levels in Philosophy and literature and moved to Germany, where he formed himself as a sculptor and started working on his artwork. His central theme of motivation is still centered on violence, and to represent human emancipation of violence he develops abstract forms of expression.

In early times he started his representation with drawings, but soon he got the opportunity of a profounder jump: Ginestet planed the artwork “Elan”, today the biggest massive ceramic sculpture in the world. The planning and realization of the work took ten years. The radical theme of the work caused polemic controversies when the sculpture was presented in public. Open discussion opened hearts and minds, and people in contact with the sculpture and it's meaning, often left their work so as to be able to voice the problems they had during their lives with violence. To avoid further calamities, the “Elan” was closed to public. The name Ginestet has since then an immediate profound bias to the theme and the representation of the “Elan”.

The artist himself however saw other consequences. He wanted to understand in depth why his work has such an impact upon the people, and how violence is rooted into society. 1997 he began to study sociology and wrote his first essays to expose his newly acquired scientific knowledge. Following this, political conferences and discussions took place, as well as lectureships at the universities of Calgary and Barcelona. 2001 Ginestet established his first project on the theme of prevention of violence and one year later his first exhibition in Paris took place.

Considerable success, exhibitions and awards determined the next years. 2007 Ginestet receives the title of “Artist of the year” from the Spanish Department of state. But Ginestet stays true to his central theme, violence. Parallel to his artwork and as a consequence of his sociological studies he creates the complexity theory of violence. This is the base for his Peace work.

Politicians and military become attentive to Ginestet's innovative and custom-breaking research, and in 2008 he participates in the XV Congress of the ISC, where he exposes and discusses his complexity theory of violence. In the same year a meeting with members of the UN takes place. His start as an important figure in peace work has already spread; senior representatives in public safety consult him for advice. In 2009 Andres starts schooling Spanish police setting up a peace process for Afghanistan, and in 2010 he travels to Algeria.

Until today, Ginestet is intensively occupied in using his complexity theory for violence prevention in different areas. As an artist he finds his maximum expression in photography. In his “soul and body” series he works with the concept of lost spirituality, consciously planting himself in an artistically historical position with modern methods.

Andrés Ginestet is not only one of the most distinguished artists of the present. His complexity theory of violence and his involvement in determined political processes due to this theory turn him into a relevant representative of international peace work.