Michel De Matteis

1969

Artist biography

Michel De Matteis is a mid-career contemporary visual artist. Michel De Matteis was born in 1969. Artists Maiorova, David Noonan, Eelco Brand, Cristian Buzneanu, and Valérie Bonneau are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Michel De Matteis

Born in 1969, Michel De Matteis' creative work was largely influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a significant decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Michel De Matteis

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