Miki Leal

1974 · Spain

Artist biography

Miki Leal is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from Spain, like other renowned artists such as Óscar Carrasco, Dionisio Gonzalez, José García Vallés, Antonio Saura, and Jorge Yeregui. Miki Leal was born in 1974.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Miki Leal is represented by F2 Gallery in Madrid, Spain. Miki Leal most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at 3+1 Arte Contemporânea in Lisbon with the exhibition Na linha de fundo. The exhibition was open from 16 March 2018 until 05 May 2018.

Historical Context of Spain

The influence of Spain was substantial in developing the art of the twentieth century. Initially with his Blue then Rose phases, although he would eventually settle in to France in 1904, Picasso unfolded a truly expressive approach to figuration in the early 1900s, the era of post-Impressionism. Pablo Picasso is also considered as the most influential original member of Cubism, a major art movement in which he would also be joined by Spanish artist Juan Gris. While they were settled in France for the majority part of their respective artistic careers, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were both highly influential figures in the Surrealist movement. The political and cultural setting of Spain during the twentieth century was controlled by the totalitarian dictatorship of General Franco, whose regime dominated the country from 1939 to 1975. His death prompted a restoration of the monarchy to Juan-Carlos I, who thus reformed the State. The Franco dictatorship, characterised by an intense anti-communist position, led to the departure of major intellectual and cultural figures, determined to escape this oppressive regime. The artistic and cultural flourishing of the avant-garde were deeply affected by this situation, as liberal artistic movements are frequently significative of leftist inclinations. Some critically acclaimed modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Miki Leal

Born in 1974, Miki Leal was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the 1980s was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Miki Leal

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