Willy Biran

1950

Artist biography

Willy Biran is seen as an established contemporary artist, Willy Biran was born in 1950. Artists like Magdalene Odundo, Rosemary Beaton, Martine Aballea, Julia Fish, and Annette Bezor were also born in 1950.

Further Biographical Context for Willy Biran

Born in 1950, Willy Biran grew up during the 1970s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. New York maintained an prominent position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to flock to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. The predominantly Italian Arte Povera Movement gained world-wide recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attaining global praise.