Víctor Arrizabalaga

1957

Artist biography

Víctor Arrizabalaga is a contemporary artist considered well established, Víctor Arrizabalaga was born in 1957. Artists Francisco Leiro, Roberto Agus, Gustavo Aceves, Jon Kessler, and Gianni Gangai are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Víctor Arrizabalaga

Born in 1957, Víctor Arrizabalaga was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that ensued were all representative of a strong desire to progress and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, highlighting some of its most crucial aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outdoors, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost two decades, the genre reclaimed its prominence through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The cosmopolitan and refined position that New York city held in the 1960s remained just as influential in the 1970s. With multiple international renowned artists gravitating the galleries and downtown scene, the city once again reinforced its reputation as the artistic hub of the generation. Street art started to emerge as a true and accepted form of art towards the end of the 1970s. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring were pioneers in demonstrating that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Driven by graffiti art, street art from its earliest days showed that it could endure in a constant flux of self-transformation, eternally shifting the limits of modern art, becoming a truly ground-breaking artistic genre.

Víctor Arrizabalaga

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