Bénédicte Van Caloen


Artist biography

Bénédicte Van Caloen is seen as an established artist, Bénédicte Van Caloen was born in 1960. Also born in 1960 and of this same generation are Bianca Maria Barmen, Coco Fusco, Ginette Wien, Aixinjueluo Yuju, and Paraskevi Bakalou.

Further Biographical Context for Bénédicte Van Caloen

Bénédicte Van Caloen was born in 1960 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.