Mónica Mayer

1954 · Mexico

Artist biography

Mónica Mayer is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born and brought up in Mexico, like other renowned artists such as Yollotl Gómez Alvarado, Javier Ocampo, Livia Corona Benjamin, Anuar Maauad, and Héctor Zamora. Mónica Mayer was born in 1954.

About Mónica Mayer's works

Mónica Mayer plays a pivotal role in the fields of Figuration, Abstraction and Expressionism. In essence, figurative art is art which depicts recognizable aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition seems to be rather simple, figuration still remains in its very essence more than just a portrayal of reality. Indeed, the different styles in which figurative art can be executed are infinite, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever changing category, in which Mónica Mayer's work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their contribution to figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main elements have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly influential in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for a significant number of branches of abstract art.

While Expressionism is typically more evocative of an international trend rather than a coherent art movement, its essence can be understood as a longing from the artists to define and express their emotions, rather than just depict a representation of reality. In Expressionist paintings, the brushwork is often liberated and uncontrolled, as to transpire the artist’s inner emotions, while an emphasis is put on textures and intense colours come into play, thus allowing art to be rewritten and bear the message the expressionist artist is trying to deliver. Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream is highly representative of Expressionism, as it powerfully depicts the artist’s feeling of deep anguish and alienation.

Mónica Mayer's exhibition

Mónica Mayer most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at waldengallery in Buenos Aires (21 November 2019 until 13 February 2020) with the exhibition Obras, procesos y pedagogías.

At present, Mónica Mayer has a total of 34 artworks for sale at Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Mónica Mayer

Mónica Mayer was born in 1954 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that ensued were all characteristic of a strong desire to evolve and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most crucial aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre reclaimed its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The multicultural and refined position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple global renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again reinforced its reputation as the artistic heart of the era. The Arte Povera movement, which emerged in Italy, received global distinction in the 1970s, and leading figures such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto were critically acclaimed.

Mónica Mayer

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