Matthias Wollgast

1981 · Germany

Artist biography

Matthias Wollgast is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Germany, like other famous artists such as Daniel Gustav Cramer, Ralf Peters, Adultremix, Sebastian Stumpf, and Günther Förg. Matthias Wollgast was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Matthias Wollgast is represented and exhibited by Galerie Rupert Pfab located in Düsseldorf, Germany. Matthias Wollgast most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Rupert Pfab in Düsseldorf with the exhibition Mr.Ray. The exhibition was open from 17 January 2020 until 06 March 2020.

Further Biographical Context for Matthias Wollgast

Matthias Wollgast was born in 1981 and was primarily inspired by the 1990s growing up. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a controversial reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. German artists and ideas strongly influenced trends in conceptual photography during this period. German artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired international artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who created images with a cinematic expressiveness that were inspired by the themes present in the German artists’ work. At the same time, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the field of painting.

Matthias Wollgast