Ma Kuiwu

1953

Artist biography

Ma Kuiwu is seen as an established contemporary artist. Ma Kuiwu was born in 1953. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Cristiano Bianchin, Santiago Barahona Prol, Eva Löfdahl , Faith Scott Jessup, and Fernando Modesto.

Further Biographical Context for Ma Kuiwu

Ma Kuiwu was born in 1953 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a wish to grow and reinforce itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its prominence, predominantly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York persisted as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. Reaching the end of the 1970s, street art, developing from graffiti, was starting to truly mesmerize the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, proving that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the global reach of street art would become extremely significant, representing an astonishing form of artistic expression.

Ma Kuiwu

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