1942 · Philippines
David Medalla is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the Philippines, like other celebrated artists such as Fernando Zobel, Stephanie Syjuco, Xyza Cruz Bacani, Gaston Damag, and Gregory Halili. David Medalla was born in 1942.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit David Medalla's work, including galleries in countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, and Brazil. Some of those galleries are Rossi & Rossi | London in the United Kingdom, Galleria Enrico Astuni in Italy, and Venus | Manhattan in the United States. David Medalla is currently exhibiting at Galleria Enrico Astuni in Bologna with the exhibition S.p.A.A. Society for Artistic Actions (23 January 2020 - 08 May 2020).
Further Biographical Context for David Medalla
David Medalla was born in 1942 and was primarily inspired by the 1960s. The 1960s were an explosive decade internationally, witnessing a great increase of modernist ideas and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the twentieth century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place around the world. Psychedelia, an massive increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further epitomised the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key constituents of both painting and sculpture. The key figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was an influential offshoot of minimalism, a discipline made famous by through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Around the world a number of artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.