Thomas Canto


Artist biography

Thomas Canto is a visual artist, who was born in France, like other prominent artists such as Nadine De Kœnigswarter, Céleste Boursier-mougenot, Xavier Veilhan, Guillaume Delleuse, and Joel Ducorroy.

About Thomas Canto's works

Thomas Canto's work is characteristic of the fields of Figuration, Street art, Conceptual, Pop, Expressionism, Minimalism, Abstraction, Design and Digital. In essence, figurative art is art which represents recognizable aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition seems to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very essence more than just a portrayal of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be executed are infinite, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever evolving category, in which Thomas Canto's work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their impact on figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Graffiti artists, who displayed their works in galleries or other institutions throughout the 1970s and 1980s, are often found to be the pioneers of the movement known as street art. This includes key figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, who ascertained that their work could simultaneously subsist in art galleries and on city walls. Street art has a history of illicit activity, and often a strong interest in political action, which tainted its reputation in the art sphere, but artists like Fairey and Banksy have continued to explore the multitude of possibilities inherent to street art, and contributed to grounding it as a true and significant form of art.

Conceptual art emerged as an art movement in the 1960s, critiquing the previously ruling modernist movement and its focus on the aesthetic. The term is often used to refer to art from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. In Conceptualism, the idea or concept behind the work of art became more important than the actual technical skill or aesthetic. Conceptual artists used whichever materials and forms were most appropriate to get their ideas across. This resulted in a variety of different types of artworks that could look like almost anything – from performance to writing, to everyday objects. The artists explored the possibilities of art-as-idea and art-as-knowledge, using linguistic, mathematical, and process-oriented dimensions of thought as well as invisible structures and processes for their productions.

With artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as pioneers of the genre, pop art became a prevailing style from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s, in New York and London. Unlike any other modern art movement, pop art managed to connect with the general public to a highly significant extent, drawing its inspiration from advertisements, popular product packaging, comic strips or even photos of celebrities. Globally recognized as a reaction to the post war mass consumption boom of the 1950s, and the globalization of youth culture in the 1960s, pop art rejected the supremacy and pretension of contemporary art, especially abstract expressionism in the United States.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Thomas Canto's work is on display at Matthew Liu Fine Arts located in Shanghai, China. Thomas Canto's work are at the moment exhibiting at at Matthew Liu Fine Arts in Shanghai with the exhibition Chiasma (01 November 2019 - 30 May 2020).

Thomas Canto in private collections

Thomas Canto's works can be found on Artland in the following collection: SIX PM. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Kevin Demery, Paul Cupido, and Ghizlane Sahli.

Historical Context of France

France strikes out as one of the most prominent agents of modernism. What is today known as the avant-garde was pioneered in the first half of the nineteenth century, and included innovative and ground-breaking movements such as Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by key figures of the art sphere.

Critically praised and leading French artists from the beginning of the twentieth century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, although he initially was a Spanish national who relocated in France, as well as Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier, to name a few. Paris was thought to be the most important and intellectual artistic centre at the start of the century and contributed to the development of such vital movements as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others, which flourished in the post war era.

Thomas Canto

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