Álvaro Oyarzún

1960 · Chile

Artist biography

Álvaro Oyarzún is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Chile, like other well-known artists such as Jaime Pugin, Alonsa Guevara, León & Cociña, Fernando Casasempere, and Juan Downey. Álvaro Oyarzún was born in 1960.

Álvaro Oyarzún's Gallery representation

Álvaro Oyarzún's work is available for viewing at Galerie Catherine Putman in Paris, France.

Further Biographical Context for Álvaro Oyarzún

Álvaro Oyarzún was born in 1960 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to evolve and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art materialized by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest 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 status, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists wandering through the downtown scene, visiting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, evolving from graffiti, was starting to truly fascinate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, demonstrating that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the global extent of street art would become extremely significant, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Álvaro Oyarzún

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