Javier Téllez

1969 · Venezuela

Artist biography

Javier Téllez is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Venezuela, like other renowned artists such as Óscar Abraham Pabón, Andrés Michelena, Lucía Pizzani, Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), and An-My Lê. Javier Téllez was born in 1969.


Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Javier Téllez' work. These are Galerie Peter Kilchmann in Zurich, Switzerland and Philipp von Rosen Galerie in Cologne, Germany.

Further Biographical Context for Javier Téllez

Javier Téllez was born in 1969 and was predominantly inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a tumultuous time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread 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 culture. The 1980s were a key decade in terms of politics, 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 key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Javier Téllez

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