Markus Willeke

1971 · Germany

Artist biography

Markus Willeke is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Germany, like other celebrated artists such as Matthias Herrmann, Hilka Nordhausen, Lea Carla Diestelhorst, Sono Osato, and Jack Bilbo. Markus Willeke was born in 1971.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Markus Willeke's work is on display at fiebach, minninger located in Cologne, Germany. Markus Willeke most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Evelyn Drewes in Hamburg (24 November 2018 until 31 January 2019) with the exhibition "Nachts allein im Atelier #5".

Further Biographical Context for Markus Willeke

Markus Willeke was born in 1971 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. A collective 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. Many 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 renowned 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 attitude that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, 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 like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and in turn artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall created images with a cinematic quality 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 Willeke

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