Leslie De Melo

1953

Artist biography

Leslie De Melo is an established contemporary artist. Leslie De Melo was born in 1953. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Carlos Acosta, Radu Damaceanu, Rafael Batalle, Franco Filetti, and Donnie Munro.

Further Biographical Context for Leslie De Melo

Born in 1953, Leslie De Melo was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, fortified his status as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity A few noteworthy global movements that sharpened the era include photorealism, which was initially introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which deeply influenced the visual culture.

Leslie De Melo

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