Biomorphic Art

Biomorphic Art

Biomorphic art, from 'bios' (life) and 'morphe' (form), relates to abstract shapes or images that resemble naturally occurring forms, such body parts.

'Biomorphism' is derived from the Greek words 'bio,' meaning life, and 'morphe,' meaning form. Importantly, it doesn't denote a 'life form' but rather signifies the inclination to manifest the appearance or characteristics of a living entity. Despite its scientific sound, the term was initially used to describe biomorphic art in the context of the Cubism and Abstract Art exhibition of 1936 at MoMA.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.