Carlos Medina

1953 · Venezuela

Artist biography

Carlos Medina is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Venezuela, like other artists such as Clemencia Labin, Nayari Castillo, Juan Pablo Garza, Alexander Apóstol, and Jesus R. Soto. Carlos Medina was born in 1953. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are James Nares, Jeffrey Vaughn, Linden Frederick, Marcel Odenbach, and Clive Hodgson.

Carlos Medina's Biographical Context

Born in 1953, Carlos Medina grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to evolve and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained greatly influential and admired throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, secured his status as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attained worldwide success, as they were widely acknowledged as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, critically acclaimed in the 1970s.

Carlos Medina

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