Yoshio Ogawa

1962 · Japan

Artist biography

Yoshio Ogawa is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Japan, like other well-known artists such as Mariko Mori, Hiroshi Wada, Yutaka Yoshinaga, Kaori Nakayama, and Yoko Ono. Yoshio Ogawa was born in 1962.

About Yoshio Ogawa's works

Yoshio Ogawa's work is illustrative of the fields of Abstraction, Minimalism and Expressionism. Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main elements have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly significant in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for an important number of branches of abstract art.

Minimalism is among the most significant contemporary art movements, which came to light at the end of the 1950s, and remained extremely significant throughout the 1960s. First appearing in New York City, Minimalism initially grew from a will to escape from Abstract Expressionism, especially among younger, emerging artists. They preferred a polished formal aesthetic, rather geometrical and stripped of any expression. The Second World War era saw a sizeable number of European artistic immigrants gathering in New York City, and works by members of the German Bauhaus, the Dutch De Stijl artists and Russian Constructivists became particularly fashionable, strongly influencing the new generation of American minimalist artists. New progressive forms of expressions were established by each of these groups, and profoundly inspired artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin and Robert Morris, amongst others. They were generally able to transform their practices by producing art that would grant the viewer with a solely visual response. The goal was to reveal the formal components that make up a painting or sculpture, stripping away the gestural elements of it.

Expressionism first appeared as a reaction to French Impressionism, and principally developed from 1905 to 1920. More than just an art movement, it is considered as an international current that embraces a variety of fields spanning from literature to art. The main concept in Expressionist paintings is to alter reality, as to vigorously depict the subjectivity of the artist. Expressionist artists were trying to convey their emotions with the use of spontaneous brushwork, textural elements and distorted features, which would gradually progress towards Abstraction. Expressionism can be also be understood as a reaction to industrialisation and modernisation which undoubtedly brought about feelings of alienation and isolation, as depicted in Edvard’s Munch painting The Scream. Prominent figures of the genre include Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Yoshio Ogawa's work is on display at Galerie Biesenbach located in Cologne, Germany. Yoshio Ogawa's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Snow Monkey: Hideaki Yamanobe & Guests at Galerie Biesenbach in Cologne, Germany. The exhibition was open from 10 May 2019 until 21 June 2019.

Further Biographical Context for Yoshio Ogawa

Yoshio Ogawa was born in 1962 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were a key decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

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