Neo-expressionism, which experienced a significant resurgence in the 1980s, marked a global revival of painting in an expressionist style.

Neo-expressionism, a late modernist to early postmodernist art movement, emerged during the late 1970s. Those practising neo-expressionism were occasionally referred to as Transavantgarde, Junge Wilde, or Neue Wilden. This style is distinguished by its profound subjectivity and the unrefined manipulation of materials.

In the United States, notable figures in this movement included Philip Guston and Julian Schnabel, while in Britain, Christopher Le Brun and Paula Rego were prominent representatives. Germany, with its expressionist heritage, saw significant neo-expressionist development, and Italy also played a notable role in this artistic movement.

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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.