Juan José Olavarría

1969 · Venezuela

Artist biography

Juan José Olavarría is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Venezuela, like other prominent artists such as Sol Calero, Beatriz Helena Ramos, Raúl Illarramendi, Óscar Abraham Pabón, and Jesús Rafael Soto. Juan José Olavarría was born in 1969.

Further Biographical Context for Juan José Olavarría

Juan José Olavarría was born in 1969 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1980s growing up. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the 1980s was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Juan José Olavarría

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