Gonzalo Reyes-Araos

1980 · Chile

Artist biography

Gonzalo Reyes-Araos is a mid-career established artist, who was born and brought up in Chile, like other renowned artists such as Fernando Daza, Carlos Arias, Carlos Leppe, Livia Marin, and Francisco Rozas. Gonzalo Reyes-Araos was born in 1980.

About Gonzalo Reyes-Araos' works

Gonzalo Reyes-Araos' work is representative of the fields of Abstraction, Digital, Minimalism and Conceptual. Abstraction, in literal terms, means distancing or suppressing one thing from another. When it comes to the visual arts, it can be understood as creating an artwork which distances itself from a true representational reference point. The movement was born in the early 20th century, and can be seen as an attempt to release the artist’s creative energy, through freedom and constant self-renewal. In abstract artworks, the object is simplified, with the use of colours and textures, thus creating a fundamentally new perception of reality. Abstract art can be traced back to Impressionism, and paved the way for a significant number of movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism, which is still considered to be one the most powerful contemporary art movements. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Abstraction include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, or Pablo Picasso.

By combining art and technology, digital art essentially provides the artists with boundless possibilities and an ever-growing freedom to create artworks that will challenge the boundaries between these two worlds. In the early 1980s, British artist Harold Cohen pioneered computer-generated art by building AARON, a computer program which was designed to autonomously paint. 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.

Minimalism is a contemporary art movement that was born in the post World War II era, in New York city. The roots of minimalism mainly lay in a desire to create an art devoid of expression and metaphors, as well as distance the productions from the traditionally accepted standards of fine art. This mindset started to develop among young artists, who were bored of the current state of art, which they deemed dull and too academic. Minimalist artists really sought to break down all traditional and established conceptions about what could constitute art, making it one of the most radical and progressive movements of the modern period. Some of the key figures of Minimalism include Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Frank Stella. In Minimalism, the central idea is that art should have its own reality, rather than try to imitate life. Indeed, the viewer is solely inclined to see the purity of the artwork presented, as defined by its formal elements, like line and colour, and to grasp the harmony of something which does not try to be anything else than what it is. Minimalism remains one of the most significant modern art movements.

For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to detach itself from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, free from the material reality. Indeed, the core of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the finished artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first came to be in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary feature of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus challenged, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to challenge the audience. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a medium to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.

Gonzalo Reyes-Araos' exhibition

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

At present, six works from Gonzalo Reyes-Araos are for sale on Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Gonzalo Reyes-Araos

Gonzalo Reyes-Araos was born in 1980 and was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive 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 era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

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