Alfredo Coelho

1959

Artist biography

Alfredo Coelho is seen as an established contemporary artist, Alfredo Coelho was born in 1959. Artists Kayhan Aybatli, Achilleas Christidis, David Band, Yoshimoto Nara, and Adam Brooks are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Alfredo Coelho

Alfredo Coelho was born in 1959, grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to grow and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, predominantly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and admired throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, secured his status as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attained worldwide success, as they were widely accepted as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, critically acclaimed in the 1970s.