Hector Cantu Ojeda

1948

Artist biography

Hector Cantu Ojeda is an established contemporary visual artist, Hector Cantu Ojeda was born in 1948. Artists Håkan Nyström, Bård Breivik, Luiz Alphonsus, Takeshi Shikama, and Carlos Capelan are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Hector Cantu Ojeda

Hector Cantu Ojeda was born in 1948 and was predominantly influenced by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly astonishing across the globe. Illustrative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s prompted an explosion of cutting-edge ideologies and movements, truly sensational and ground-breaking. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact worldwide, largely defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The significant escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the crucial idea that art should exist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to eradicate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, distinctive to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for example, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Hector Cantu Ojeda

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