Haroon Mirza

1977 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Haroon Mirza is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Haroon Mirza was born in 1977. Also born in the United Kingdom around 1977 and of the same generation are Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.


Haroon Mirza most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Lisson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition EVERYTHING AT ONCE. The exhibition was open from 05 October 2017 until 10 December 2017. Haroon Mirza's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Häusler Contemporary | Zurich in Switzerland (06 February 2020 - 28 February 2020) with the name Dialogue: Light and Häusler Contemporary | Zurich in Switzerland (23 October 2019 - 16 January 2020) with the name Antidotes and their Counterparts.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant extent outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists known for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Haroon Mirza

Haroon Mirza was born in 1977 and was primarily inspired by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. significant art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Haroon Mirza

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