Thierry Bonnaffe

1957

Artist biography

Thierry Bonnaffe is an established contemporary visual artist, Thierry Bonnaffe was born in 1957. Artists Annette Davidek, Raymond Pettibon, Ernesto Arrisueno, Maurizio Vetrugno, and Jadran Adamovic are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Thierry Bonnaffe

Born in 1957, Thierry Bonnaffe was largely inspired by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to grow and reinforce itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, predominantly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, secured his status as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, evolving from graffiti, was starting to truly mesmerize the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, demonstrating that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings. Following, the global extent of street art would become extremely influential, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Thierry Bonnaffe

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