Jean Bernard Koeman

1964 · Belgium

Artist biography

Jean Bernard Koeman is seen as an established artist, who originates from Belgium, like other prominent artists such as Pol Pierart, Saint Clair Cemin, Charif Benhelima, Matthieu Litt, and Freddy Van Parys. Jean Bernard Koeman was born in 1964.

Jean Bernard Koeman's Gallery representation

Jean Bernard Koeman is represented by Lumen Travo located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Historical Context of Belgium

Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been considerably influenced by its neighbours throughout time and affirmed itself as a vibrant and innovative artistic hub in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were crucial in the unfolding 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. Greatly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a major artistic trend, early precursor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the age 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 Jean Bernard Koeman

Born in 1964, Jean Bernard Koeman's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global 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 era. 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 particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Jean Bernard Koeman

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