Fabrice Samyn

1981 · Belgium

Artist biography

Fabrice Samyn is an established mid-career artist, who was born in Belgium, like other celebrated artists such as Guillaume Bijl, Gerard Tomballe, Marianne Aublet, Sophie Whettnall, and Carla Arocha – Stéphane Schraenen. Fabrice Samyn was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Fabrice Samyn's work. These are Meessen De Clercq in Brussels, Belgium and Sies + Höke in Düsseldorf, Germany. Fabrice Samyn's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition The Unending Gift at Meessen De Clercq in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 07 September 2018 until 06 October 2018.

Historical Context of Belgium

Surrounded by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as an exciting and innovative artistic hub in the later part of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the developing of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Highly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a prominent artistic trend, early precursor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the end of the nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a focal point for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.

Further Biographical Context for Fabrice Samyn

Born in 1981, Fabrice Samyn's creative work was predominantly inspired 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. A number 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 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 was predominant in 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 influential idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.

Fabrice Samyn

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