Lieven Deconinck

1978 · Belgium

Artist biography

Lieven Deconinck is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from Belgium, like other renowned artists such as Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Leroy Brothers (Gilles), Sophie Whettnall, Philippe Braquenier, and Hans Demeulenaere. Lieven Deconinck was born in 1978.

Lieven Deconinck's Gallery representation

Lieven Deconinck is represented by Peres Projects in Berlin, Germany.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been a significant artistic centre since the later part 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 era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an integral centre for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a significant 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 Lieven Deconinck

Born in 1978, Lieven Deconinck grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent 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 primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Lieven Deconinck

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