1961 · Lithuania
Vytenis Jankūnas is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Lithuania, like other well-known artists such as Pranciškus Smuglevičius, Pranas Domšaitis, Zinaida Irutė Dargienė, Lazar Krestin, and Greta Grendaitė. Vytenis Jankūnas was born in 1961.
About Vytenis Jankūnas' works
Vytenis Jankūnas is a key figure within the fields of Street art, Pop and Digital. The international extent of street art is highly influential, as it embodies an extraordinary form of modern artistic expression, and often a tool used to question social structures. Street art is often thought of as emerging from graffiti art of the 1970s-1980s, although it highly emphases on the artistic method and the vision of the artist, it can endure in urban settings as well as in art galleries and museums. Key figures of the genre include Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
In Britain, Pop Art started to develop with the Independent Group (IG), in the 1950s. The Independent Group became accountable for a significant amount of the concepts that would develop British Pop Art, embracing their interest in mass popular culture which they profoundly explored. In the United States, Pop Art can be perceived as a clear response to Abstract Expressionism, and a return to figurative art, drawing from popular imagery and the sphere of mass consumerism, exploding in the post-war context of the 1950s. Through their work, Pop Artists revealed a number of aspects of the “low” popular culture, which had a powerful impact on day-to-day, thus rejecting the authority of “high” art and creating a new, democratic form of art which would endure as a truly revolutionary movement.
By blending art and technology, digital art essentially supplies the artists with unlimited possibilities and an ever-growing liberty to produce artworks that will challenge the boundaries between these two realms. In the early 1980s, British artist Harold Cohen pioneered computer-generated art by building AARON, a computer program which was designed to autonomously paint. Since then, the use of various digital mediums to generate art has been in continuous expansion, and digital art can include digital paintings, photography, 3D renderings as well as digital installations.
Further Biographical Context for Vytenis Jankūnas
Born in 1961, Vytenis Jankūnas' creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time.
The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.