Ralph Mecke

1952

Artist biography

Ralph Mecke is an established contemporary artist. Ralph Mecke was born in 1952. Artists like Maxwell Cohen, Giovanni Bai, Hilal Sami Hilal, Elizabeth Gower, and Huang Azhong were also born in 1952.

Further Biographical Context for Ralph Mecke

Ralph Mecke was born in 1952 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction 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 representative of a strong desire to progress and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous 1960s. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the weakening of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre regained its distinction 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 world renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again strengthened its reputation as the artistic hub of the generation. Across the globe, various movements defined the 1970s. Amongst others, feminism and the new radical philosophies it entailed strongly influenced the visual culture. Photorealism, which had emerged in the 1960s, also gained critical and commercial success. The critical, leading artistic pillars of New York city started to embrace painters and sculptors from Latin America.

Ralph Mecke

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