Rafael Lucchesi

1987 · Brazil

Artist biography

Rafael Lucchesi is seen as an emerging artist, who was born in Brazil, like other renowned artists such as Rosilene Ludovico, Patricia Figueiredo, Roberto Winter, Renata Egrejar, and Lin Lima. Rafael Lucchesi was born in 1987.

About Rafael Lucchesi's works

Rafael Lucchesi is known for working in the fields of Street art, Expressionism and Abstraction work. Graffiti artists, who exhibited their works in galleries or other institutions throughout the 1970s and 1980s, are often thought to be the forerunners of the movement known as street art. This involves key figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, who provedthat their work could simultaneously subsist in art galleries and on city walls. Street art has a history of illegal activity, and often a strong interest in political action, which stained its reputation in the art sphere, but artists like Fairey and Banksy have continued to explore the multitude of opportunities inherent to street art, and contributed to grounding it as a true and meaningful form of art.

Expressionism first appeared as a response to French Impressionism, and principally developed from 1905 to 1920. More than just an art movement, it is considered as an international current that embraces a variety of fields spanning from literature to art. The highest idea in Expressionist paintings is to distort reality, as to powerfully depict the subjectivity of the artist. Expressionist artists were strived to convey their emotions with the use of spontaneous brushwork, textural elements and distorted figures, which would gradually progress towards Abstraction. Expressionism can be also be seen as a reaction to industrialisation and modernisation which undoubtedly brought about feelings of alienation and isolation, as represented in Edvard’s Munch painting The Scream. A few critically acclaimed Expressionist artists include Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.

Abstraction, in literal terms, means distancing or suppressing one thing from another. When it comes to the visual arts, it can be understood as creating an artwork which moves away from a true representational reference point. The movement was born in the early 20th century, and can be seen as an attempt to release the artist’s creative energy, through freedom and constant self-renewal. In abstract artworks, the object is simplified, with the use of colours and textures, thus creating a fundamentally new perception of reality. Abstract art can be traced back to Impressionism, and paved the way for a significant number of movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism, which is still considered to be one the most powerful contemporary art movements. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Abstraction include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, or Pablo Picasso.

Further Biographical Context for Rafael Lucchesi

Rafael Lucchesi was born in 1987 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start 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 artists, 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 famous artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became famous for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved considerable 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 formed a significant group called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

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