Bo Cronqvist

1948

Artist biography

Bo Cronqvist is seen as an established contemporary artist, Bo Cronqvist was born in 1948. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Alan Bamford, Romen Banerjee, Rudolf De Crignis, Alain Bresson, and Thomas Nölle.

Further Biographical Context for Bo Cronqvist

Born in 1948, Bo Cronqvist was largely influenced by the 1960s. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Illustrative of a time stirring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an outburst of cutting-edge ideologies and movements, truly sensational and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact globally, largely defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically 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 significant boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, at the same time critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, particular to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism deeply influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to portray the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Bo Cronqvist

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