Oleg Astratov

1956

Artist biography

Oleg Astratov is an established contemporary visual artist, Oleg Astratov was born in 1956. Artists Nussbaumer, Eva Ábelová-Mišáková, Roy Mcmakin, Wang, Huangsheng, and Ansuya Blom are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Oleg Astratov

Oleg Astratov was born in 1956 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1970s growing up. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art 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 reflections, 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. Many of the artists who became so famous 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 globally renowned celebrity in his own right. International movements began to gain importance included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed significant commercial and critical success. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the dominant critical and institutional levers in New York.