Veikko Hirvimäki

1941 · Finland

Artist biography

Veikko Hirvimäki is seen as an established artist, who was born and brought up in Finland, like other renowned artists such as Markku Pääkkönen, Jani Hänninen, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Leena Nio, and Susanna Majuri . Veikko Hirvimäki was born in 1941.

Veikko Hirvimäki's Gallery representation

Veikko Hirvimäki's work is on display at Galerie Forsblom located in Helsinki, Finland.

Further Biographical Context for Veikko Hirvimäki

Born in 1941, Veikko Hirvimäki's creative work was largely influenced by the 1960s. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging parallel to each other. On one hand, Pop advocated the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. Artwork by artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the fast developing Capitalism of the United States, using things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their primary visual inspiration. A parallel movement developed on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the very first blossoming of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a powerful offshoot of minimalism, a discipline made famous by through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Around the world many artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional fortes and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the angst related to the human condition.

Veikko Hirvimäki

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