Erkki Heikkilä

1933 - 1996

Artist biography

Erkki Heikkilä was a creative visual artist. Erkki Heikkilä was born in 1933 and died in 1996. Artists like Gunārs Binde, Albert Contreras, Herman Braun-Vega, Giancarlo Castelvecchi, and Emilio Conciatori were also born in 1933.

Further Biographical Context for Erkki Heikkilä

Born in 1933, Erkki Heikkilä's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1950s. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of internationally, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many prominent creatives to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a noteworthy pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the foundations for much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the decades thereafter. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Erkki Heikkilä

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