Walter Pichler

1936 · Italy

Artist biography

Walter Pichler is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born and brought up in Italy, like other celebrated artists such as Alessio Bonini, Gianni Bertini, Simone Pellegrini, Leonardo Gambini, and Pietro Guidi. Walter Pichler was born in 1936.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Walter Pichler is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries such as the United States, Belgium, and Germany. Galleries exhibiting Walter Pichler's work include Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman | Vienna in Austria, Gladstone Gallery in Belgium, and Gladstone Gallery | West 24th St in the United States. Walter Pichler most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman | Vienna in Austria with the exhibition vienna waits for you - take care!. The exhibition was open from 14 September 2018 until 13 October 2018.

Historical Context of Italy

The classical period of the Romans has exerted a significant influence on the cultural and intellectual evolution of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its sumptuous artistic legacy. Italy is also the country that embodies the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which translates to “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been an intense period of cultural and political flourishing, inducing revivals in art, architecture, music, poetry and philosophy. Although significantly tormented by the fascism of Mussolini in the modern and contemporary period, Italy has never lost its place as one of the most fundamental artistic centres, home to cutting-edge movements such as Futurism and Arte Povera, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement. Some highly influential Italian artists from the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Walter Pichler

Born in 1936, Walter Pichler grew up during the 1950s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Walter Pichler