Juan Gonzalez

1942 · Cuba

Artist biography

Juan Gonzalez is seen as an established artist, who was born and brought up in Cuba, like other prominent artists such as Michael Sirianni, Kcho, Jorge Camacho, Mike Lorenzo, and Enrique Martinez Celaya. Juan Gonzalez was born in 1942.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Juan Gonzalez is represented and exhibited by Nancy Hoffman Gallery located in New York, the United States. Juan Gonzalez most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York (21 June 2018 until 13 July 2018) with the exhibition Flowering.

Further Biographical Context for Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez was born in 1942 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1960s growing up. The 1960s were a sensational decade internationally, bearing witness to proliferation of modernist ideas and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place across the globe. Psychedelia, an vast increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, focused solely on line, colour and geometric form as key constituents of both painting and sculpture. The key figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further developed some of the expressive philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, but reduced much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that associated this practice with Minimalism. Globally, many artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Juan Gonzalez

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