Aitor Ortiz

1971 · Spain

Artist biography

Aitor Ortiz is an established mid-career artist, who was born in Spain, like other renowned artists such as Oscar Dominguez, Carlos Pazos, Frederic Amat, Mònica Subidé, and Basurama. Aitor Ortiz was born in 1971.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Aitor Ortiz is represented by two galleries, which are Max Estrella Galería de Arte in Madrid, Spain and Galería Senda in Barcelona, Spain. Aitor Ortiz most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Max Estrella Galería de Arte in Madrid with the exhibition Link. The exhibition was open from 11 September 2019 until 07 November 2019. Aitor Ortiz' work has also been exhibited during the Solo Exhibition exhibition at Galería Senda in Barcelona, Spain (16 September 2019 - 25 October 2019).

Historical Context of Spain

Spain has played a crucial role in the maturation of art in the twentieth century. In the early 1900s, a young Pablo Picasso developed a uniquely expressive approach to figuration in the post-Impressionist era, firstly with his Blue then Rose periods, although he was to settle in Paris in 1904. Picasso was also the central founding member of the Cubist movement, a group in which he was joined by fellow Spaniard Juan Gris. Both Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were prominent figures in the Surrealist movement, though they were also domiciled in France for large parts of their careers. Throughout the twentieth century the political and cultural landscape of Spain was ruled by the totalitarian autocracy of General Franco whose dictatorship ruled the country, in one form or another, from 1939 until 1975, at which time the monarchy was restored to Juan-Carlos I who subsequently implemented substantial reform. The Franco regime was distinguished by its brutal anti-communist stance, and the departure of key intellectual and cultural figures that chose not to live under an oppressive regime. The cultural life of the avant-garde suffered greatly, since liberal artistic movements are often known for their leftist leanings. Important modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo, and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Aitor Ortiz

Born in 1971, Aitor Ortiz was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Aitor Ortiz

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