Elio Cristiani


Artist biography

Elio Cristiani is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, Elio Cristiani was born in 1969. Also born in 1969 and of this same generation are Cao Kai, Im Heung-Soon, Jörn Grothkopp, Darren Coffield, and Sophie Badens.

Further Biographical Context for Elio Cristiani

Born in 1969, Elio Cristiani was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. significant art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain recognition, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.