Elina Brotheru

1972 · Finland

Artist biography

Elina Brotheru is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born in Finland - other established artists such as Ville Kallio, Mari Keto, Hanna-Maria Hammari, Jenni Hiltunen, and Tommy Grönlund were also born in Finland. Elina Brotheru was born in 1972.

Elina Brotheru's Gallery representation

Elina Brotheru is represented and exhibited by Galleria Heino located in Helsinki, Finland.

Further Biographical Context for Elina Brotheru

Born in 1972, Elina Brotheru was primarily inspired by the 1990s growing up. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Elina Brotheru

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