Alvaro Canovas

1968

Artist biography

Alvaro Canovas is seen as an established mid-career artist, Alvaro Canovas was born in 1968. Also born in 1968 and of this same generation are Tigran Asatryan, Wolfgang Tillmans, Espen Eiborg, Osnat Ben Dov, and Guillaume Barclay.

Further Biographical Context for Alvaro Canovas

Alvaro Canovas was born in 1968 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked 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 at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Alvaro Canovas

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