Jiří Kovanda

1953 · Czech Republic

Artist biography

Jiří Kovanda is an established artist, who originates from Czech Republic, like other artists such as Daniel Pitín, Veronika Vlková, Eva Kotátková, František Drtikol, and Alice Nikitinova. Jiří Kovanda was born in 1953.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jiří Kovanda's work is available for viewing at Krobath | Wien in Vienna, Austria. Jiří Kovanda's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Collage at Krobath | Wien in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition was open from 17 January 2018 until 27 February 2018.

Further Biographical Context for Jiří Kovanda

Jiří Kovanda was born in 1953 and was primarily influenced by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all characteristic of a strong desire to progress and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre regained its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and popularity, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-platform activity that no other visual artist of such standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. Street art started to emerge as a true and accepted form of art towards the end of the 1970s. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were pioneers in proving that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Fuelled by graffiti art, street art from its earliest days proved that it could endure in a unceasing flux of self-transformation, eternally shifting the boundaries of modern art, becoming a truly ground-breaking artistic genre.

Jiří Kovanda

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