Gonçalo Barreiros

1978 · Portugal

Artist biography

Gonçalo Barreiros is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Portugal, like other famous artists such as Margarida Gouveia, Sérgio Taborda, Joaquim Rodrigo, Bernardes, Marta, and Rui Chafes. Gonçalo Barreiros was born in 1978.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Gonçalo Barreiros is represented and exhibited by Galeria Vera Cortês in Lisbon, Portugal. Gonçalo Barreiros' work has most recently been exhibited at Appleton Square in Lisbon (24 November 2017 until 21 December 2017) with the exhibition Sleeping Village.

Further Biographical Context for Gonçalo Barreiros

Gonçalo Barreiros was born in 1978 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1990s. A collective 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 varied 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 well known 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 known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, 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 represented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Gonçalo Barreiros

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