Madrid

Alicia Martín

Galería Oliva Arauna

Alicia Martín belongs to the generation of Spanish artists that began exhibiting in the early ’90s. Initially, this generation was known for a metaphorical use of objects and materials, and for the importance of subjectivity in their work. Even sometimes in relation to seemingly neutral themes, these artists often made themselves into the substance of their art. That was a long time ago, however, and those early years were difficult; the economic crisis of the time meant that many galleries and collectors were resistant to anything that seemed new. Yet the absolute freedom with which these artists worked as well as the novel character of their proposals gave rise to powerful and fresh art.

Many young creators from those years (including Santiago Sierra, Eulàlia Valldosera, Montserrat Soto, and Ana Laura Aláez) are now leading figures in contemporary Spanish art. Among them, Martín is a

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