1984 · France
Raphaël Barontini is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from France, like other well-known artists such as Venice, Thibaud Dupin, Olivier Peltier, Olivier Kosta Théfaine, and Mathieu César. Raphaël Barontini was born in 1984.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Raphaël Barontini's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as France and Spain. Galleries include Galerie Dominique Fiat and Galerie Alain Gutharc in Paris, as well as Espai Tactel Toormix in Barcelona. Raphaël Barontini's work has most recently been exhibited at Espai Tactel Toormix in Barcelona (09 October 2019 until 28 November 2019) with the exhibition Galaxy Express.
Historical Context of France
France has been an important nation in the unfolding of modernism. Throughout the 19th century, France fostered the foundations 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 a fundamental intellectual and cultural hub, 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 many of others.
Further Biographical Context for Raphaël Barontini
Raphaël Barontini was born in 1984 and was primarily influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a controversial public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres epitomised the atmosphere of the era.