1972 · Belgium
Kris Martin is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born in Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Marianne Aublet, Stefaan Dheedene, van Campenhout Björn, Denicolai & Provoost, and Pierre Devreux. Kris Martin was born in 1972.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Kris Martin's work is available on viewing in Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, the United States and König Galerie in Berlin, Germany. Kris Martin's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition ?DO GEESE SEE GOD? at Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, the United States. The exhibition was open from 20 March 2019 until 26 April 2019.
Kris Martin in private collections
Historical Context of Belgium
Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been considerably influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as a vibrant and inventive artistic centre in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were crucial in the developing of Surrealism in the 1930s, primarily 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 era 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 Kris Martin
Kris Martin was born in 1972, grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.