Chechu Álava

1973 · Spain

Artist biography

Chechu Álava is an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in Spain, like other famous artists such as Mira Bernabeu, Herminio, David Lechuga, Anleo, Xoán, and Emilio Gañán. Chechu Álava was born in 1973.

Chechu Álava's Gallery representation

Chechu Álava is represented and exhibited by Galeria Utopia Parkway in Madrid, Spain.

Historical Context of Spain

The influence of Spain was significant in developing the art of the twentieth century. Initially with his Blue then Rose periods, although he would eventually relocate to France in 1904, Picasso unfolded a truly expressive approach to figuration in the early 1900s, the era of post-Impressionism. Pablo Picasso is also considered as the most influential original member of Cubism, a major art movement in which he would also be joined by Spanish artist Juan Gris. While they were established in France for the most part of their respective artistic careers, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were both highly prominent figures in the Surrealist movement. The political and cultural landscape of Spain in the twentieth century was controlled by the totalitarian dictatorship of General Franco, whose regime subjugated the country from 1939 to 1975. His death induced a restitution of the monarchy to Juan-Carlos I, who consequently restructured the State. The Franco dictatorship, characterised by an intense anti-communist position, led to the exodus of major intellectual and cultural figures, decided to escape this oppressive regime. The artistic and cultural blossoming of the avant-garde were greatly stirred by this situation, as liberal artistic movements are frequently associated with leftist penchants. Some critically acclaimed modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Chechu Álava

Born in 1973, Chechu Álava's creative work was largely influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global 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 in terms of politics, 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 prominent 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 primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Chechu Álava

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