Antonio Dias

1944 · Brazil

Artist biography

Antonio Dias is an established artist, who was born in Brazil, like other well-known artists such as Lotus Lobo, Marcellvs L., Ricardo Elkind, Adrian Rocha, and Ghiva Silva. Antonio Dias was born in 1944.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Antonio Dias' work is on display at Galeria Nara Roesler located in New York, the United States. Antonio Dias is at the moment exhibiting at Galeria Nara Roesler in New York with the exhibition Archaeologies of the Selfie (27 February 2020 - 18 April 2020). Antonio Dias' only other exhibition is Construção, which took place at Mendes Wood DM | São Paulo in Brazil (06 February 2020 - 21 March 2020).

Further Biographical Context for Antonio Dias

Antonio Dias was born in 1944, grew up during the 1960s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Representative of a time inspiring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an outburst of new ideologies and movements, truly exciting and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact worldwide, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the physical world. Born of a desire to eradicate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, distinctive to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for example, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism deeply influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Antonio Dias

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