Deana Nastic

1964 · Canada

Artist biography

Deana Nastic is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Canada, like other renowned artists such as Jagdeep Raina, Paul Hartel, Fucci ., Camrose Ducote, and Leif Low Beer. Deana Nastic was born in 1964.

About Deana Nastic's work

Deana Nastic is a notable figure of Expressionism. Expressionism first appeared as a reaction to French Impressionism, and principally developed from 1905 to 1920. More than just an art movement, it is considered as an international current that embraces a variety of fields spanning from literature to art. The main concept in Expressionist paintings is to distort reality, as to powerfully depict the subjectivity of the artist. Expressionist artists were trying to express their emotions with the use of spontaneous brushwork, textural elements and distorted features, which would gradually progress towards Abstraction. Expressionism can be also be understood as a reaction to industrialisation and modernisation which undeniably brought about feelings of alienation and isolation, as depicted in Edvard’s Munch painting The Scream. Prominent figures of the genre include Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.

Further Biographical Context for Deana Nastic

Born in 1964, Deana Nastic grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread 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 politically, 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 leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

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