Markus Vater

1971 · Germany

Artist biography

Markus Vater is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Germany, like other prominent artists such as Fabian Reimann, Sono Osato, Abraham David Christian, Hito Steyerl, and Christian Hoosen. Markus Vater was born in 1971.

Markus Vater's exhibition

Markus Vater's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Rupert Pfab in Düsseldorf (16 November 2018 until 12 January 2019) with the exhibition Ich bin der Riss der durch die Welt geht.

Further Biographical Context for Markus Vater

Markus Vater was born in 1971, grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Conceptual photography began to gain popularity, and was particularly inspired by German ideas and artists. German artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and in turn artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall created works with a cinematic aesthetic that was inspired by the German artists’ work. In terms of painting, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the artistic community.

Markus Vater