Mauricio Arraes

1956

Artist biography

Mauricio Arraes is a contemporary artist considered well established, Mauricio Arraes was born in 1956. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Kay Hassan, Emmanuelle Aussedat, Hans Ansems, Margaret Neill, and Kimberly Merrill.

Further Biographical Context for Mauricio Arraes

Born in 1956, Mauricio Arraes grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a wish to grow and strengthen itself, as a reaction 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 emerged by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The earliest 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. The city of New York remained 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 sophisticated cultural capital. Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto gained international success, as they were widely accepted as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, critically acclaimed in the 1970s.

Mauricio Arraes

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