Concha Martinez Barreto


Artist biography

Concha Martinez Barreto is a visual artist, who originates from Spain, like other celebrated artists such as Gonzalo Puch, Adriana Oliver, Josu Bilbao, Irene Grau, and Darío Villalba.


Concha Martinez Barreto most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Charlie Smith London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Words that transform, vibrate and glow: 13 paintings inspired by the lyrics of Nick Cave. The exhibition was open from 16 January 2020 until 07 February 2020. Concha Martinez Barreto's work has also been exhibited during the DECRETO 349 exhibition at Charlie Smith London in the United Kingdom (24 April 2019 - 24 May 2019).

Historical Context of Spain

Spain has played a crucial role in the maturation of art in the twentieth century. In the early 1900s, a young Pablo Picasso established a uniquely expressive approach to figuration in the post-Impressionist era, initially with his Blue then Rose periods, although he was to settle in Paris in 1904. Picasso was also the key founding member of the Cubist movement, a group in which he was joined by fellow Spaniard Juan Gris. Both Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were leading figures in the Surrealist movement, though they were also lived in France for large parts of their careers. During the twentieth century the political and cultural landscape of Spain was ruled by the totalitarian autocracy of General Franco whose dictatorship ruled the country, in one form or another, from 1939 until 1975, at which time the monarchy was restored to Juan-Carlos I who then implemented considerable reform. The Franco regime was characterised by its brutal anti-communist stance, and the departure of leading intellectual and cultural figures that elected not to live under an oppressive regime. The cultural life of the avant-garde suffered greatly, since liberal artistic movements are often noted for their leftist leanings. Significant modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo, and Manolo Valdes.

Concha Martinez Barreto

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