Roberto Cortazar

1962

Artist biography

Roberto Cortazar is seen as an established contemporary artist, Roberto Cortazar was born in 1962. Artists like Michael Albrechtsen, Chen Tong, Sarah Lucas, John Graham, and Pino Boresta were also born in 1962.

Further Biographical Context for Roberto Cortazar

Roberto Cortazar was born in 1962 and was predominantly inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a significant decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.