Santiago Ydáñez

1969 · Spain

Artist biography

Santiago Ydáñez is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Spain, like other prominent artists such as Alejandro Palacín, Simeón Saiz Ruiz, Julio Plaza, Felix R. Cid, and SILVIA FERNÁNDEZ PALOMAR. Santiago Ydáñez was born in 1969.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Santiago Ydáñez' work is available on display in 3 galleries around the globe, such as in Portugal, Spain, and Germany. Galleries include Galeria Fernando Santos in Porto, Galería Juan Silió in Santander, and Galerie Martin Mertens in Berlin. Santiago Ydáñez most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galería Juan Silió in Santander (09 October 2019 until 01 December 2019) with the exhibition Electroviral.

Historical Context of Spain

Spain has played a crucial role in the development of art in the twentieth century. In the early 1900s, a young Pablo Picasso established a distinctively expressive approach to figuration in the post-Impressionist era, initially with his Blue then Rose periods, although he was to settle in Paris in 1904. Picasso was also the key founding member of the Cubist movement, a group in which he was joined by fellow Spaniard Juan Gris. Both Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were prominent figures in the Surrealist movement, though they were also domiciled in France for large parts of their careers. Throughout the twentieth century the political and cultural landscape of Spain was dominated by the totalitarian autocracy of General Franco whose dictatorship ruled the country, in one form or another, from 1939 until 1975, at which time the monarchy was restored to Juan-Carlos I who then implemented substantial reform. The Franco regime was characterised by its brutal anti-communist stance, and the departure of important intellectual and cultural figures that chose not to live under an oppressive regime. The cultural life of the avant-garde suffered greatly, since liberal artistic movements are often known for their leftist leanings. Important modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo, and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Santiago Ydáñez

Born in 1969, Santiago Ydáñez was primarily inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread 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 atmosphere. The 1980s were an important decade politically, 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 well-known 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 primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Santiago Ydáñez

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