Alexia De Ville De Goyet

1982 · Belgium

Artist biography

Alexia De Ville De Goyet is a mid-career established artist, who was born in Belgium - other established artists such as van Campenhout Björn, Willy De Sauter, Fabrice Souvereyns, Carsten Höller, and Lysandre Begijn were also born in Belgium. Alexia De Ville De Goyet was born in 1982.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been an important artistic centre since the later years of the nineteenth century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to major influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late 19th century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was a significant hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a significant artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.

Further Biographical Context for Alexia De Ville De Goyet

Born in 1982, Alexia De Ville De Goyet was predominantly influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a controversial reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this agenda.

Alexia De Ville De Goyet

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