Aris Kalaitzis

1966

Artist biography

Aris Kalaitzis is an established mid-career contemporary artist. Aris Kalaitzis was born in 1966. Artists like Ariel D'Oshbella, Kristine Kemp, Jordi Bressemer Sabaté, Patrick Fischer, and Manfred Blum were also born in 1966.

Further Biographical Context for Aris Kalaitzis

Born in 1966, Aris Kalaitzis was largely inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural environment. The 1980s were a key decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Aris Kalaitzis

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