Atelier Pica Pica

1978 · Belgium

Artist biography

Atelier Pica Pica is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Belgium, like other well-known artists such as Emmy Asakura, Koen Broucke, Pieter Jennes, Olivier Foulon, and Studio Job. Atelier Pica Pica was born in 1978.

Atelier Pica Pica's Gallery representation

Atelier Pica Pica is represented by Alice Gallery in Brussels, Belgium.

Atelier Pica Pica in private collections

On Artland Atelier Pica Pica's works can be found in the collection of Ethilia and KT, who for instance also has works by other artists including Michael Kvium, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Hur Kyung-Ae.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been an important artistic hub since the later part of the nineteenth century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to significant influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late nineteenth century, as the period of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an important hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a main 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 Atelier Pica Pica

Born in 1978, Atelier Pica Pica was predominantly inspired by the 1990s growing up. 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 garnered a divisive public 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 central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this agenda.

Atelier Pica Pica

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