1912 - 1957
Further Biographical Context for Willy Byland
Born in 1912, Willy Byland's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1930s. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s dominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. n Europe, Surrealism continued to be the leading artistic trend; a kind of expression and school of thought that by this time had spread across the globe. In Mexico, artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera incorporated a number of these philosophies into their radical political ideologies to develop a innovative kind of magic realism.