Jon Rafman

1981 · Canada

Artist biography

Jon Rafman is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from Canada, like other renowned artists such as Babak Golkar, Arvo Leo, Faile, Tamara Henderson, and Kristie Muller. Jon Rafman was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jon Rafman's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the United States. Galleries include Seventeen in the United Kingdom, Galerie Maria Bernheim in Switzerland, as well as Arsenal Contemporary | New York in the United States. Jon Rafman most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Seventeen in London (12 September 2018 until 13 October 2018) with the exhibition Landscapes. Jon Rafman's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Stockholm Dinner Sessions – En Tillställning at Blique (24 September 2019 - 29 November 2019) at Carl Kostyál in Sweden and This Sacred Vessel (05 February 2020 - 29 February 2020) at Arsenal Contemporary | New York in the United States. Jon Rafman's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called DREAM JOURNAL ‘16 - ‘17 and took place at Sprüth Magers | Berlin in Germany from the 16 September 2017 to 03 January 2018.

Jon Rafman in private collections

There are two collectors in possession of works by Jon Rafman at Artland. These collectors include Bech Risvig Collection and cawdor, who also has works by other artists including Willy Spiller, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Farhad Farzali.

Further Biographical Context for Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman was born in 1981, grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. 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 varied 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 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 attitude that was rebellious 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 shown in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Jon Rafman

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