Mai Hofstad Gunnes

1977 · Norway

Artist biography

Mai Hofstad Gunnes is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Norway, like other famous artists such as Vivi Granli, Trude Semb, Roh Roh, Audun Alvestad, and Eivind Kleiven. Mai Hofstad Gunnes was born in 1977.

Mai Hofstad Gunnes' Gallery representation

Mai Hofstad Gunnes is represented and exhibited by Komplot located in Brussels, Belgium.

Further Biographical Context for Mai Hofstad Gunnes

Mai Hofstad Gunnes was born in 1977 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form a significant group called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Mai Hofstad Gunnes

Group Exhibition
Atelier Nord · Oslo, Norway
Jan 17 – Mar 16, 2020