Soledad Sevilla

1944 · Spain

Artist biography

Soledad Sevilla is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in Spain, like other well-known artists such as LORENZO SANDOVAL , Rosana Castrillo Diaz, Israel Arino, Concha Gómez-Acebo, and Abigail Lazkoz. Soledad Sevilla was born in 1944.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Soledad Sevilla's work. These are Galería Marlborough | Madrid and Ana Mas Projects | Barcelona in Spain. Soledad Sevilla most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galería Marlborough | Madrid in Spain (08 January 2020 until 07 February 2020) with the exhibition Grabado Español Contemporáneo. Soledad Sevilla's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galería Fernández-Braso in Spain (11 September 2019 - 07 November 2019) with the name Líneas paralelas and Galería Marlborough | Madrid in Spain (13 September 2018 - 11 October 2018) with the name Luces de invierno. Soledad Sevilla's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Flatland and took place at Nogueras Blanchard | Madrid in Spain from the 13 January 2018 to 23 March 2018.

Historical Context of Spain

The influence of Spain was substantial in developing the art of the twentieth century. Initially with his Blue then Rose periods, although he would eventually relocate to Paris in 1904, Picasso unfolded a truly expressive approach to figuration in the early 1900s, the era of post-Impressionism. Pablo Picasso is also thought to be the most influential founding member of Cubism, a major art movement in which he would also be joined by Spanish artist Juan Gris. Though they were established in France for the most part of their respective artistic careers, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were both highly prominent figures in the Surrealist movement. The political and cultural setting of Spain in the twentieth century was governed by the totalitarian dictatorship of General Franco, whose regime subjugated the country from 1939 to 1975. His death induced a restoration of the monarchy to Juan-Carlos I, who thus restructured the State. The Franco dictatorship, typified by a fierce anti-communist position, led to the departure of major intellectual and cultural figures, decided to escape this oppressive system. The artistic and cultural flourishing of the avant-garde were greatly stirred by this situation, as liberal artistic movements are frequently significative of leftist penchants. Some critically acclaimed modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Soledad Sevilla

Born in 1944, Soledad Sevilla was primarily inspired by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Illustrative of a time stirring both faith and anger, the 1960s triggered an outburst of new philosophies and movements, truly sensational and ground-breaking. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact worldwide, largely defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically marked by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the central idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was an essential by-product of the latter, at the same time critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, particular to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for example, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies embraced by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Soledad Sevilla

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