Mario Mafai

1902 - 1965

Artist biography

Mario Mafai was a visual artist. Mario Mafai was born in 1902 and died in 1965. Artists Georges Carrey, Andrée Heupgen, Victor Depauw, Hector Arthur Mace, and Paul A. Benjamin are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Mario Mafai

Mario Mafai was born in 1902 and was largely influenced by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the first years of the twentieth century. To have these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by innovative practitioners of the visual arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in politics. Marxism was a prevalent political ideology which was also tremendously influential among artists and their communities. important artistic developments included a kind of expressive mannerism which was epitomised by Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine in Paris. Surrealism advanced throughout the 1920s and 1930s, with a focus on the human unconscious - a vital idea of Freudian theory. Key Surrealist artists include Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Due to its cultural importance, much of this ideology spread across the globe.

Mario Mafai

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