Gaetano Grillo

1952 · Italy

Artist biography

Gaetano Grillo is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Italy, like other well-known artists such as Michele Spanghero, Valerio Berruti, Quayola, Mario Trimarchi, and L'orma. Gaetano Grillo was born in 1952.

Gaetano Grillo's Gallery representation

Gaetano Grillo's work is on display at Galleria Antonio Battaglia located in Milan, Italy.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly lush in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a major influence on the cultural development and identity of the country. Italy is also the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, signifying 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first extensive blossoming of cultural erudition in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. In the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless endured as a vital heart for artistic expression, spawning movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Critically acclaimed Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Gaetano Grillo

Gaetano Grillo was born in 1952 and was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central tensions of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence 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 powerful figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate throughout the following decade.

Gaetano Grillo

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