Willys Kezi

United States

Artist biography

Willys Kezi is a creative artist, who was born and brought up in the United States, like other prominent artists such as Marina Zurkow, Jordan Belson, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Cliff Benjamin, and Hale Arpa.

About Willys Kezi's works

Willys Kezi's work is characteristic of the fields of Figuration, Conceptual and Abstraction. Some world-renowned artists acclaimed for their figurative artworks include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso or Paul Cézanne. Figurative art is a rather broad category, which can be simply described as being the farthest from abstract art, since it principally consists of the representation of objects or figures holding a strong reference to reality. Although it can be described as such, Figurative art nonetheless remains extremely resourceful and inventive, encompassing a variety of styles and mediums, spanning from Photorealism to Neo-expressionism.

Emerging as an art movement in the 1960s, Conceptualism has attracted a significant amount of controversy and debate, usually provoking strong reactions in its viewership. Conceptual art by essence implies that the idea behind the actual artwork is more valuable than the finished product itself. The research and strategies conducted by the artist represent the most important part of the work, conceptual art thus strives to be an art of the mind, instead of appealing to the senses. Although it refers to art from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the origins of Conceptualism can be traced back to 1917, with Marcel Duchamp and his controversial artwork Fontaine, which tried to obliterate the boundaries between art and reality. Conceptual art is not as straightforward as other movements, as it uses an interdisciplinary approach, and the productions can take the form of anything - from everyday objects to performances requiring audience participation.

Abstract art first started to emerge in the early 20th century, as a new and rather radical form of art. Artists were looking for a way of expressing the societal changes occurring at the time, and release their creative energy, thus distancing themselves from figurative art. With abstraction, the artists distance themselves from any accurate representation of reality, and the visual qualities often put in focus in such non-representative works are colours, shapes and textures. Some of the most influential contemporary art movements born from Abstraction include Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, with key figures such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock. With abstract art, a sense of self-renewing freedom is materialising through the artworks, in a new tradition of creativity.

Willys Kezi's exhibition

Willys Kezi most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Eric Dupont in Paris (29 November 2019 until 13 January 2020) with the exhibition Bonzenga.

Currently, 19 works from Willys Kezi are for sale on Artland.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly considered as the most powerful art centre internationally. Major art movements developed and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many types. In the modern and contemporary era, the United States has exercised a strong influence over the global visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of critically acclaimed U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Willys Kezi

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