Gonzalo Reyes-Araos

1980 · Chile

Artist biography

Gonzalo Reyes-Araos is an established mid-career artist, who was born in Chile, like other renowned artists such as Christiane Pooley, Juan Downey, Muriel Gallardo Weinstein, Felipe Mujica, and Cinthia Marcelle. Gonzalo Reyes-Araos was born in 1980. Also born in 1980 and of this same generation are Jp Mika, Luis Gomez De Teran (gomez), Benjaminhirte, Ivan Bazak, and Dominic Nurre.

About Gonzalo Reyes-Araos' works

Gonzalo Reyes-Araos' work is representative of the fields of Conceptual, Minimalism, Digital and Abstraction. Conceptual art emerged as an art movement in the 1960s, critiquing the previously ruling modernist movement and its focus on the aesthetic. The term is often used to refer to art from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. In Conceptualism, the idea or concept behind the work of art became more important than the actual technical skill or aesthetic. Conceptual artists used whichever materials and forms deemed most appropriate to get their ideas across. This resulted in a variety of different types of artworks that could look like almost anything – from performance to writing, to everyday objects. The artists explored the possibilities of art-as-idea and art-as-knowledge, using linguistic, mathematical, and process-oriented dimensions of thought as well as invisible structures and processes for their productions.

Minimalism is an art movement which emerged in New York city in the post World War II era, its essence emanating from a inherent desire to escape the pre-existing conceptions about art, and make artwork exist in its own reality rather than just mimic life. Recognised as one of the most influential art movements of the 1960s, minimalism was trying to grow away from abstract expressionism, which was the dominant genre in the late 1950s. The founders of Minimalism were greatly influenced by European abstract movements, and works by the Dutch De Stijl artists, Russian Constructivists, as well as members of the German Bauhaus, which had laid the groundwork for radical abstraction. Some of the most influential artists of Minimalism include Frank Stella, Dan Flavin and Donald Judd. Purity and clarity are among some of the key concepts in Minimalism, which finds its core in a void of emotional responses or metaphorical elements. Geometrical shapes and sleek, clean lines are creating artworks that will provide the viewers with powerful visual responses, but its purpose is not to spark emotions, nor to reflect the artist's own expression and feelings. Minimalist artists were bored of the gestural elements inherent to previous art movements, and were seeking to remove anything that would suggest self-expressionism. As Frank Stella said, the core of Minimalism is that "you see what you see".

By blending art and technology, digital art essentially supplies the artists with endless possibilities and an ever-growing liberty to create artworks that will defy the boundaries between these two realms. In the early 1980s, British artist Harold Cohen pioneered computer-generated art by creating AARON, a computer program which was designed to independently produce art. Since then, the use of diverse digital mediums to generate art has been in continuous expansion, and digital art can include digital paintings, photography, 3D renderings as well as digital installations.

Abstract art first started to emerge in the early 20th century, as a new and rather radical form of art. Artists were looking for a way of expressing the societal changes occurring at the time, and release their creative energy, thus moving away from figurative art. With abstraction, the artists distance themselves from any literal representation of reality, and the visual qualities often put in focus in such non-representative works are colours, shapes and textures. Some of the most influential contemporary art movements born from Abstraction include Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, with key figures such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock. With abstract art, a sense of self-renewing freedom is materialising through the artworks, in a new tradition of creativity.

Gonzalo Reyes-Araos' exhibition

Gonzalo Reyes-Araos' work has most recently been exhibited at LAGE EGAL in Berlin (11 December 2019 until the 31 January 2020) with the exhibition L’ARTISTE ET LES COMMISSAIRES — NOT SO A WHITE CUBE #16.

At the moment, Gonzalo Reyes-Araos has a total of six artworks for sale at Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Gonzalo Reyes-Araos

Born in 1980, Gonzalo Reyes-Araos' creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1990s in the artist's early years. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a leading idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.

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