Gaspar Cortes Zarrias


Artist biography

Gaspar Cortes Zarrias is seen as an established contemporary artist, Gaspar Cortes Zarrias was born in 1964. Artists Edi Rama, Selesnick, Bowen Boshier, Arnaud Cachart, and James Lumsden are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Gaspar Cortes Zarrias

Born in 1964, Gaspar Cortes Zarrias was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.