1963 · Belgium
Koen Wastijn is an established contemporary artist, who was born in Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Michel Mouffe, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Paul Bourgeois, Seyran Kirmizitoprak, and Anastasia Bay. Koen Wastijn was born in 1963.
Koen Wastijn's Gallery representation
Koen Wastijn is represented by fiebach, minninger in Cologne, Germany.
Historical Context of Belgium
During the 1930s, Belgian art was to play a integral role in Surrealism, especially through the work of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Other significant Belgian artists of the 20th century include Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans. In the late 19th century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was a significant centre for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also an important 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 Koen Wastijn
Born in 1963, Koen Wastijn was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing 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 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.
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