1967 · United States
Leo Villareal is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. Leo Villareal was born in 1967. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Kara Walker, Jason Rhoades, Ellen Gallagher, Andrea Zittel, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt and Jean Michel Basquiat.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Leo Villareal's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Galleries include Galería Javier López & Fer Francés in Spain, Pace Gallery | Geneva in Switzerland, as well as PACE | New York in the United States. Leo Villareal most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Pace London in the United Kingdom (21 November 2019 until 17 January 2020) with the exhibition Solo Exhibition.
Historical Context of United States
The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most important art centre worldwide. Leading art movements established and fostered in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Further Biographical Context for Leo Villareal
Leo Villareal was born in 1967 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period 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 atmosphere. The 1980s were a significant 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 well-known 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 primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.