Pepo Salazar

1972 · France

Artist biography

Pepo Salazar is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in France, like other famous artists such as Pierre Auville, Gerard fromanger, Louise des Places, Natalia Villanueva Linares, and Armelle de Sainte Marie. Pepo Salazar was born in 1972.

Pepo Salazar's exhibition

Pepo Salazar most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Joseph Tang in Paris with the exhibition Random Ramadan. The exhibition was open from 30 November 2017 until 13 January 2018.

Historical Context of France

France has been an influential country in the development of modernism. Throughout the 19th century, France established the beginnings of what is currently known as the avant-garde, with movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. During the first part of the 20th century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural centre, establishing vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements emerged at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French artistic figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amidst a multitude of others.

Further Biographical Context for Pepo Salazar

Born in 1972, Pepo Salazar was predominantly inspired by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form a powerful group called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Pepo Salazar

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