Isaac Malakkai


Artist biography

Isaac Malakkai is a visual artist, who was born and brought up in Spain, like other well-known artists such as El Xupet Negre, Manel Anoro, Jordi Alcaraz, Horacio Alcolea Crespo, and Garcia de Marina.

About Isaac Malakkai's works

Isaac Malakkai is best known for working in the fields of Pop, Figuration and Street art. Pop Art is a highly significant movement which first came to be in the 1950s, across Britain and America, and can be described as both a critique and celebration of mass-produced popular culture. Although the styles and mediums included in Pop Art can highly differ, going from Roy Lichtenstein reproductions of comic-strips, to Andy Warhol’s silk-screen prints of soup cans, and Richard Hamilton’s collages, the underlying most essential aspect remains the same – an interest in mass-production, mass-culture and popular media. With Pop Art, the spirit of popular culture is raised to the status of high art, shifting boundaries and establishing a connection to the contemporary public never achieved before by any other movement.

Figurative art can merely be understood as art that contains strong references to the real world, or to the human figure. Often thought of as the polar opposite of Abstraction, figurative art can nonetheless remain incredibly stimulating and ground-breaking, since it includes a significant number of opportunities to represent the chosen object or figure. The variety of style in figurative art is enormous, and spans across Paul Cézanne’s bathers to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neo-expressionist paintings.

Graffiti artists, who exhibited their works in galleries or other institutions throughout the 1970s and 1980s, are often found to be the forerunners of the movement known as street art. This involves key figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, who provedthat their work could simultaneously exist in art galleries and on city walls. Street art has a history of illicit activity, and often a strong interest in political action, which tainted its reputation in the art sphere, but artists like Fairey and Banksy have continued to explore the multitude of opportunities inherent to street art, and contributed to grounding it as a genuine and significant form of art.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Isaac Malakkai's work is on display at Gca Gallery located in Paris, France. Isaac Malakkai's work has most recently been exhibited at Gca Gallery in Paris (18 September 2019 until 01 November 2019) with the exhibition EQUILIBRIUM. Isaac Malakkai's only other exhibition is BALANCE IS IMPOSSIBLE, which took place at Gca Gallery in Paris, France (12 April 2019 - 25 May 2019).

Historical Context of Spain

The influence of Spain was significant in establishing the art of the twentieth century. Initially with his Blue then Rose phases, although he would eventually settle in to France in 1904, Picasso unfolded a truly expressive approach to figuration in the early 1900s, the era of post-Impressionism. Pablo Picasso is also considered as the most influential founding member of Cubism, a major art movement in which he would also be joined by Spanish artist Juan Gris. While they were settled in France for the majority part of their respective artistic careers, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were both highly prominent figures in the Surrealist movement.

The political and cultural setting of Spain in the twentieth century was governed by the totalitarian dictatorship of General Franco, whose regime dominated the country from 1939 to 1975. His death induced a restoration of the monarchy to Juan-Carlos I, who thus restructured the State. The Franco dictatorship, typified by an intense anti-communist position, led to the departure of major intellectual and cultural figures, decided to escape this oppressive system. The artistic and cultural blossoming of the avant-garde were greatly stirred by this situation, as liberal artistic movements are commonly significative of leftist inclinations. Some critically acclaimed modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo and Manolo Valdes.

Isaac Malakkai

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