Chema Madoz

1958 · Spain

Artist biography

Chema Madoz is an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Spain. Chema Madoz was born in 1958. Also born in Spain around 1958 and of the same generation are Miquel Barceló and Juan Muñoz.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Chema Madoz is represented and exhibited by two galleries. These are Galería Elvira González in Madrid, Spain and Galerie Clara Maria Sels in Düsseldorf, Germany. Chema Madoz' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Recent Works at Galerie Esther Woerdehoff in Paris, France. The exhibition was open from 24 April 2019 until 28 May 2019. Chema Madoz' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; CHEMA MADOZ (13 September 2018 - 10 November 2018) at Galería Elvira González in Madrid and Solo exhibition (15 January 2020 - 27 March 2020) at Galeria Joan Prats in Barcelona. Chema Madoz' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called CHEMA MADOZ and took place at Galería Elvira González in Madrid, Spain from the 13 September 2018 to 10 November 2018.

Historical Context of Spain

The influence of Spain was substantial in establishing the art of the twentieth century. Initially with his Blue then Rose phases, although he would eventually settle in to France in 1904, Picasso revealed 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 settled in France for the majority 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 during the twentieth century was controlled by the totalitarian dictatorship of General Franco, whose regime subjugated the country from 1939 to 1975. His passing induced a restitution of the monarchy to Juan-Carlos I, who thus restructured the State. The Franco dictatorship, characterised by a fierce anti-communist position, led to the departure of major intellectual and cultural figures, determined to escape this oppressive system. The artistic and cultural flourishing of the avant-garde were greatly affected by this situation, as liberal artistic movements are commonly associated with leftist inclinations. Some critically acclaimed modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Chema Madoz

Chema Madoz was born in 1958 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central stresses of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art world, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some egitimacy as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate during the following decade.

Chema Madoz

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