Eli Cortiñas

1976 · Spain

Artist biography

Eli Cortiñas is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Spain, like other well-known artists such as El Ultimo Grito, Juan Munoz, Josep Guinovart, Desi Civera, and Anna Miquel. Eli Cortiñas was born in 1976.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Eli Cortiñas is represented by two galleries, which are Waldburger Wouters in Brussels, Belgium and Soy Capitán in Berlin, Germany. Eli Cortiñas' work has most recently been exhibited at Hans & Fritz Contemporary in London (25 October 2018 until 30 November 2018) with the exhibition TO BRUSH AGAINST THE GRAIN OF HISTORY. Eli Cortiñas' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Marcelle Alix in Paris (29 October 2019 - 20 December 2019) with the name Marcelle Alix ouverte and twin GALLERY in Madrid (13 November 2019 - 20 December 2019) with the name Walls Have Feelings (and They Are Not Afraid to Speak). Eli Cortiñas' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called TO BRUSH AGAINST THE GRAIN OF HISTORY and took place at Hans & Fritz Contemporary in London, the United Kingdom from the 25 October 2018 to 30 November 2018.

Historical Context of Spain

The influence of Spain was significant in developing the art of the twentieth century. Initially with his Blue then Rose phases, although he would eventually relocate to Paris in 1904, Picasso revealed a truly expressive approach to figuration in the early 1900s, the era of post-Impressionism. Pablo Picasso is also considered as the most influential original member of Cubism, a major art movement in which he would also be joined by Spanish artist Juan Gris. While they were established in France for the most part of their respective artistic careers, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were both highly prominent figures in the Surrealist movement. The political and cultural landscape of Spain during the twentieth century was controlled by the totalitarian dictatorship of General Franco, whose regime dominated the country from 1939 to 1975. His death induced a restoration of the monarchy to Juan-Carlos I, who thus restructured the State. The Franco dictatorship, typified by an intense anti-communist position, led to the departure of major intellectual and cultural figures, determined to escape this oppressive regime. The artistic and cultural flourishing of the avant-garde were deeply affected by this situation, as liberal artistic movements are frequently significative of leftist penchants. Some critically acclaimed modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Eli Cortiñas

Born in 1976, Eli Cortiñas' creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became famous for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form a powerful group called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Eli Cortiñas