Obiora Anidi

1957

Artist biography

Obiora Anidi is seen as an established contemporary artist, Obiora Anidi was born in 1957. Also born in 1957 and of this same generation are Per Morten Abrahamsen, Joachim Grommek, Lucky Debellevue, Stefan Mås Persson, and Reinhard Wöllmer.

Further Biographical Context for Obiora Anidi

Obiora Anidi was born in 1957 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant strains of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some egitimacy as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate throughout the following decade.

Obiora Anidi

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