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Neosurrealism or Neo-Surrealism is an artistic genre that illustrates the complex imagery of dream or subconscious visions in irrational space and form combinations.
The term has been given to the reappearance of the surrealism movement in the late 1970s. Initially, the movement focused on relating surrealism with pop-art, but lately modern artists have been exploring extra directions similar to fantastic, visionary, and fantasy art within the present genre. Neosurrealism is sometimes called "modern surrealism" due to a noticeable visual resemblance of these two genres. However, the main distinction between them is that Neosurrealism does not imply the original surrealist idea of a freedom from rational control or psychic automatism declared by André Breton, in his “Manifeste du surréalisme” (Surrealist Manifesto).


Neosurrealism in arts & media



Any art movement is defined as a tendency or style in art with a specific common philosophy or goal, followed by a group of artists during a restricted period of time. This definition may be applied to Neosurrealism but it does not have a particular founder or group. The movement is still not clearly defined, but it develops rapidly adding more professional and amateur art enthusiasts every day. As it was suggested above, the field of neosurrealism is a highly intricate and fiercely contested one, and there is no universal consensus on precisely what constitutes neosurrealism. The name itself remains very unstable, shifting in meaning according to who uses it, when, where, and in what context. Whether or not this merely multiplies problems of definition is a debatable point, but it certainly reflects the dynamically conflicted, constantly developing, and heterogeneous nature of the movement itself. Neosurrealism and Realism in art are visual dramas diametrically opposite in intent. Neosurrealism expresses interior poetic states of being, envisaged in irrational space and form. Realism, illuminated by objectivity and directed by rational representation, appeals to recognizable truth.

Visual arts

Neosurrealism is a combined imagery of dreams, fantasies, and subconscious mind visions in fine art painting, digital art graphic, and photography. In the mid 1980s, modern computer technologies brought a large amount of additional depicting power to contemporary artists not possible by hand. The arrival of desktop publishing and the introduction of software applications introduced a generation of artists to computer image manipulation and 3D image creation that had previously been unachievable. There are thousands of artists, digital and traditional fine art media, who create neo-surrealistic, surreal fantasy, and fantasy realism artworks comparable to Neosurrealism.

Artists associated with modern surrealism include:


Neosurrealism is a philosophical, conceptual, artistic movement that acts as a revival of surrealist thought in relation to the new culture of the Internet. The Internet is seen by some as a connection to, (or even the fabric of), a global subconscious mind which promotes unintentional juxtapositions of words and phrases while also imposing a new mental block that neo-surrealists are overcoming with internet automatism.

The movement has been taking place at universities in Florida between philosophy, psychology, and art departments. It is still in its early stages of growth and many people are becoming involved in dialogs about the future of the movement. It can also include a culture of revival, where people go back in time and use the style of art in the modern world (for example, the art Deco).

See also


  • Ffrench, Patrick (1997). "Tel Quel' and Surrealism: A Re-evaluation. Has the Avant-Garde Become a Theory?". The Romanic Review 88.  
  • Rabate, Jean-Michel (2002). "Michael Riffaterre and the Unfinished Project of Structuralism". The Romanic Review 93.  


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