Antony Cairns

1980

Artist biography

Antony Cairns is seen as an established mid-career artist, Antony Cairns was born in 1980. Also born in 1980 and of this same generation are Crack Rodriguez, Nacho Carbonell, Favre Lionel, Patrick Bongoy, and Negar Tahsili.

Further Biographical Context for Antony Cairns

Antony Cairns was born in 1980 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s growing up. 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 heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time leading 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 primary artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Antony Cairns

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