Janis Avotins

1981 · Latvia

Artist biography

Janis Avotins is an established mid-career artist, who was born in Latvia, like other celebrated artists such as Vladislavs Grišins, Gunārs Binde, Baņuta Ancāne, Sven Lukin, and Artūrs Ņikitins. Janis Avotins was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Janis Avotins is represented and exhibited by Galerie Vera Munro located in Hamburg, Germany. Janis Avotins' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Dialogues at Galerie Vera Munro in Hamburg, Germany. The exhibition was open from 28 September 2017 until 28 February 2018. Janis Avotins' work has also been exhibited during the THE HUMAN CONDITION exhibition at Galerie Schönewald in Düsseldorf, Germany (18 January 2018 - 01 March 2018).

Further Biographical Context for Janis Avotins

Janis Avotins was born in 1981 and was largely influenced 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. Many 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 famous 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 attitude that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the high 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 a number of 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.

Janis Avotins

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