Demetrios Economou Oikonomou

1946

Artist biography

Demetrios Economou Oikonomou is seen as an established artist. Demetrios Economou Oikonomou was born in 1946. Also born in 1946 and of this same generation are Josef Csiszar, Jose Luis Abajo Fernández, Serge Back, Franz Dampfhofer, and Mari Carmen Naranjo.

Further Biographical Context for Demetrios Economou Oikonomou

Born in 1946, Demetrios Economou Oikonomou was primarily influenced by the 1960s growing up. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Evocative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s triggered an outburst of new ideologies and movements, truly sensational and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact globally, largely defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The significant escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the physical world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to delve into some of the most fundamental philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, while getting rid of the expressive and highly personal aspect it would often associated with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply identifying with Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, distinctive to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for example, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism deeply influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often associated with reflections on death and the haunting angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Demetrios Economou Oikonomou