Jofroi Amaral

1977 · Belgium

Artist biography

Jofroi Amaral is a mid-career established artist, who originates from Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Bert Timmermans, Jan Lauwers, Aurélie Gravas, Freddy Van Parys, and Jos Devriendt. Jofroi Amaral was born in 1977.

Jofroi Amaral's Gallery representation

Jofroi Amaral is represented by Komplot in Brussels, Belgium.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been an important artistic centre since the later years of the nineteenth century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to significant influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late 19th century, as the period of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an integral hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a main artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.

Further Biographical Context for Jofroi Amaral

Jofroi Amaral was born in 1977 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group 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, united 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 well-known 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 gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group dominated 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 key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this agenda.

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