Gutsa, Tapfuma

1956 · Zimbabwe

Artist biography

Gutsa, Tapfuma is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in Zimbabwe, like other well-known artists such as Terrence Musekiwa, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Wallen Mapondera, James Beckett, and Brent Stapelkamp. Gutsa, Tapfuma was born in 1956.

Gutsa, Tapfuma's Gallery representation

Gutsa, Tapfuma's work is available for viewing at October Gallery in London, the United Kingdom.

Further Biographical Context for Gutsa, Tapfuma

Born in 1956, Gutsa, Tapfuma's creative work was largely inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the expansive 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 prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art world, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. Towards the end of the decade, 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 ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some acceptability as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate throughout the next decade.

Gutsa, Tapfuma

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