Maija Dragūne

1945 · Latvia

Artist biography

Maija Dragūne is seen as an established artist, who originates from Latvia, like other renowned artists such as Lolita Zikmane, Imants Krepics, Dainis Rožkalns, Andrejs Strokins, and Maija Peeples-Bright. Maija Dragūne was born in 1945.

About Maija Dragūne's work

Maija Dragūne's work is grounded in figuration. In essence, figurative art is art which depicts familiar aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition appears to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very soul more than just a depiction of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be executed are endless, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever evolving category, in which Maija Dragūne's work is mainly grounded. Some critically acclaimed artists known for their contribution to figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Maija Dragūne in private collections

It is the collector Kerels, who is in possession of work by Maija Dragūne at Artland. Kerels also has works by other artists including Qafar Rzayev, Choi Jun Kun, and Marie Kølbæk Iversen.

Further Biographical Context for Maija Dragūne

Born in 1945, Maija Dragūne grew up during the 1960s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging at a similar time. On one hand, Pop espoused the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. The work of art by artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the fast developing Capitalism of the United States, taking things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their primary visual inspiration. A parallel movement was established on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the very first blossoming of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key elements of both painting and sculpture. The main 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 ideas of Abstract Expressionism, but stripped away much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that related this practice to Minimalism. Around the world many artistic movements resonated the creative concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional specialties 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 distinctive approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Maija Dragūne

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