Ignacio Uriarte

1972 · Spain

Artist biography

Ignacio Uriarte is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Spain, like other celebrated artists such as Gloria Martín Montaño, Javier Velázquez Cabrero, Carme Nogueira, Aitor Ortiz, and José Guerrer. Ignacio Uriarte was born in 1972.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Ignacio Uriarte's work, including galleries in countries like Iceland, Italy, and Spain. Galleries include i8 Galleri in Iceland, Galleria Gentili in Italy, as well as Nogueras Blanchard | Madrid in Spain. Ignacio Uriarte's work has most recently been exhibited at Nogueras Blanchard | Madrid in Spain (13 January 2018 until 23 March 2018) with the exhibition Flatland. Ignacio Uriarte's work has also been exhibited during the Gianni Pellegrini, Ignacio Uriarte exhibition at Galerie Rolando Anselmi | Berlin in Germany (09 June 2018 - 30 June 2018).

Historical Context of Spain

Spain has played a crucial role in the growth of art in the twentieth century. In the early 1900s, a young Pablo Picasso developed a distinctively expressive approach to figuration in the post-Impressionist era, initially with his Blue then Rose periods, although he was to settle in Paris in 1904. Picasso was also the key founding member of the Cubist movement, a group in which he was joined by fellow Spaniard Juan Gris. Both Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were leading figures in the Surrealist movement, though they were also domiciled in France for large parts of their careers. Throughout the twentieth century the political and cultural landscape of Spain was ruled by the totalitarian autocracy of General Franco whose dictatorship ruled the country, in one form or another, from 1939 until 1975, at which time the monarchy was restored to Juan-Carlos I who subsequently implemented substantial reform. The Franco regime was distinguished by its brutal anti-communist stance, and the departure of leading intellectual and cultural figures that elected not to live under an oppressive regime. The cultural life of the avant-garde suffered greatly, since liberal artistic movements are often known for their leftist leanings. Significant modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo, and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Ignacio Uriarte

Born in 1972, Ignacio Uriarte was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were a key decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Ignacio Uriarte