Hilario Isola

1976 · Italy

Artist biography

Hilario Isola is a mid-career established artist, who was born and brought up in Italy, like other well-known artists such as Alessandra Calò + Andrea Saltini, Renato Guttuso, Luca Pozzi, Marco Casentini, and Gianfranco Baruchello. Hilario Isola was born in 1976.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Hilario Isola's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in Austria and Italy. Some of those galleries are Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna in Austria, as well as Valentina Bonomo Roma and Guido Costa Projects in Italy. Hilario Isola's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition "Et in Arcadia ego" at Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna in Austria. The exhibition was open from 10 May 2019 until 19 July 2019. Hilario Isola's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Hot dilute soup, which took place at Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in Paris, France (09 January 2019 - 02 March 2019).

Historical Context of Italy

The classical period of the Romans has exerted a consequential influence on the cultural and intellectual development of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its splendid artistic legacy. Italy is also the country that embodies the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which translates to “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been an intense period of cultural and political flourishing, inducing revivals in art, architecture, music, poetry and philosophy. Although greatly tormented by the fascism of Mussolini in the modern and contemporary period, Italy has never lost its place as one of the most powerful artistic centres, home to cutting-edge movements such as Futurism and Arte Povera, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement. Some highly influential Italian artists from the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Hilario Isola

Born in 1976, Hilario Isola was primarily inspired by the 1990s. 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, connected generally by their age and nationality. Many 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 YBAs 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 controversial 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 entrepreneurial. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres epitomised the cultural tone of the era.

Hilario Isola