Richard R. Benda


Artist biography

Richard R. Benda is a contemporary artist considered well established, Richard R. Benda was born in 1934. Also born in 1934 and of this same generation are Arnulf Bjorndal, Luís Gordillo, André Appert, Enrique Metinides, and Garth Evans.

Further Biographical Context for Richard R. Benda

Born in 1934, Richard R. Benda was predominantly influenced by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strictures nature of the Soviet bloc. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Richard R. Benda

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