Gilles Leroy (Leroy Brothers)

1978 · Belgium

Artist biography

Gilles Leroy (Leroy Brothers) is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from Belgium, like other well-known artists such as Nicolas Alquin, Laurie Charles, Marie Van Elder, Gerard Tomballe, and Joachim Timmermans. Gilles Leroy (Leroy Brothers) was born in 1978.

Gilles Leroy (Leroy Brothers)'s Gallery representation

Gilles Leroy (Leroy Brothers) is represented by Spazioborgogno located in Milan, Italy.

Historical Context of Belgium

Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the small country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as an exciting and inventive artistic hub in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the developing 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.

Highly 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 late 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 Gilles Leroy (Leroy Brothers)

Gilles Leroy (Leroy Brothers) was born in 1978 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere.

The 1980s were a significant decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Gilles Leroy (Leroy Brothers)

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