1971 · Spain
Francesc Ruiz is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Spain, like other famous artists such as Marcelo Fuentes, Esther Ferrer, Luis Gaspar, Joaquín Sorolla, and Joan Ponç. Francesc Ruiz was born in 1971.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Francesc Ruiz is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries like France and Spain. The galleries exhibiting Francesc Ruiz' work include Florence Loewy in Paris, garcía | galería in Madrid, and Galeria Estrany - de la Mota in Barcelona. Francesc Ruiz' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition SOME STREET STORYBOARDS at Florence Loewy in Paris, France. The exhibition was open from 06 September 2019 until 01 November 2019. Francesc Ruiz' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; House of Fun (24 February 2020 - 03 April 2020) at garcía | galería in Madrid and VVAA. Throwback 70, 80, 90, 00 (14 February 2019 - 28 June 2019) at Galeria Estrany - de la Mota in Barcelona. Francesc Ruiz' first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called A la corda fluixa and took place at Ana Mas Projects | Barcelona in Spain from the 04 September 2018 to 21 September 2018.
Historical Context of Spain
The influence of Spain was significant in establishing the art of the twentieth century. Initially with his Blue then Rose phases, although he would eventually settle in 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 thought to be the most influential founding member of Cubism, a major art movement in which he would also be joined by Spanish artist Juan Gris. While they were settled in France for the most part of their respective artistic careers, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were both highly influential figures in the Surrealist movement. The political and cultural setting of Spain in the twentieth century was controlled by the totalitarian autocracy of General Franco, whose regime dominated the country from 1939 to 1975. His passing induced a restitution of the monarchy to Juan-Carlos I, who thus reformed the State. The Franco dictatorship, typified by a fierce anti-communist position, led to the departure of major intellectual and cultural figures, determined to escape this oppressive system. The artistic and cultural blossoming of the avant-garde were deeply affected by this situation, as liberal artistic movements are frequently associated with leftist penchants. Some critically acclaimed modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo and Manolo Valdes.
Further Biographical Context for Francesc Ruiz
Born in 1971, Francesc Ruiz was primarily influenced by the 1980s growing up. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s 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. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international 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 started to gain prominence, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.