Carlos Contreras

1951

Artist biography

Carlos Contreras is seen as an established contemporary artist, Carlos Contreras was born in 1951. Also born in 1951 and of this same generation are Aixinjueluo Zhongjie, Maddalena Sisto, Georges Autard, Maria Bursik, and Christine Bauer.

Further Biographical Context for Carlos Contreras

Born in 1951, Carlos Contreras was primarily influenced by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to evolve and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important 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 reflections on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving 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, predominantly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained greatly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, fortified his reputation as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, emerging from graffiti, was starting to truly captivate 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 reach of street art would become extremely influential, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Carlos Contreras

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