Marina Andrawis

1986 · Egypt

Artist biography

Marina Andrawis is an early career emerging artist, who was born in Egypt, like other renowned artists such as Nil Yalter, Mohamed Ismail Shawki, Ghada Amer, Marina Andrawis, and Hassan Khan. Marina Andrawis was born in 1986.

About Marina Andrawis' works

Marina Andrawis is best known for working in the fields of Figuration, Digital, Design, Abstraction, Conceptual, Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop and Street art. In essence, figurative art is art which depicts familiar aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition seems to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very soul more than just a portrayal of reality. Indeed, the different styles in which figurative art can be executed are endless, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever changing category, in which Marina Andrawis' work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their impact on figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

By combining art and technology, digital art essentially supplies the artists with boundless possibilities and an ever-growing freedom to produce artworks that will challenge the boundaries between these two realms. In the early 1980s, British artist Harold Cohen pioneered computer-generated art by creating AARON, a computer program which was designed to autonomously produce art. Since then, the use of various digital mediums to generate art has been in constant expansion, and digital art can include digital paintings, photography, 3D renderings as well as digital installations.

Since the early twentieth century, the word “design” has been used to refer to objects valued for the aesthetic qualities they convey. It was often used in correlation with the decorative-arts, but with the societal transformations of the twentieth and twentyfirst century, the term “design” expanded to a wider field, and now includes areas such as industrial design, graphic design and fashion design. Some of the most influential design movements include The Arts and Crafts movements and the Bauhaus, which triumphed in unifying artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.

Born in the early 20th century, abstract art can be characterised as a movement escaping the classical definition of art, which succeeded in creating its own tradition through freedom and a new perception of reality. In abstract artworks, the objects are simplified, modified, and hold little to no reference to reality. Abstract art represents a pivotal moment in modernism, and its roots can be traced to Impressionism. With Abstraction, the artists are free to explore deep into their emotions, and create completely new and liberated representations of the world, which are inherent to their own perception of it. Wassily Kandinsky, who believed that colours and shapes could be used to represent the artist’s inner turmoil, is often considered as a pioneer of abstract art.

Further Biographical Context for Marina Andrawis

Born in 1986, Marina Andrawis' creative work was primarily influenced by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most famous artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly irreverent sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and extremely sensitive advancements of conceptualism as evidenced by the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

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