Elena Combalia

1956

Artist biography

Elena Combalia is seen as an established contemporary artist, Elena Combalia was born in 1956. Artists like John Zurier , Orna Ben-Shoshan, Christian Angenendt, Bai Yunxiang, and Gilles Berquet were also born in 1956.

Further Biographical Context for Elena Combalia

Elena Combalia was born in 1956 was primarily influenced by the distinctive cultural milieu of 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the extensive 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 reflections, 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. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some acceptability as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate throughout the next decade.

Elena Combalia

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