Zdenek Balas

1904 - 1997

Artist biography

Zdenek Balas was a creative visual artist, Zdenek Balas was born in 1904 and died in 1997. Artists Walter Martin Baumhofer, Kurt Beyerlein, Emmanuel Bellini, Willi Brunkow, and Rolf Böhlig are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Zdenek Balas

Born in 1904, Zdenek Balas' creative work was largely inspired by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the primary years of the twentieth century. To have these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by incredible practitioners of the visual arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in politics. Marxism was a predominant political ideology which was also enormously influential amongst artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an indispensable place surrounding notions in favour of the unification of art, craft and design disciplines – an idea that became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk. Surrealism came to be the central expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for tremendous creative growth.