Melanie Bonajo

1978 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Melanie Bonajo is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the Netherlands, like other prominent artists such as Same, Sjaak Smetsers, Jens Pfeifer, Hans Wilschut, and Marliz Frencken. Melanie Bonajo was born in 1978.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Melanie Bonajo's work is available for viewing at Galerie Akinci in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Melanie Bonajo most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Akinci in Amsterdam with the exhibition Art Rotterdam. The exhibition was open from 05 February 2020 until 08 February 2020. Melanie Bonajo's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Heroines Now (01 November 2019 - 20 December 2019) at Galerie Akinci in Amsterdam and Let’s Talk About Nature (03 November 2018 - 22 December 2018) at Galerie Akinci in Amsterdam. Melanie Bonajo's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Let’s Talk About Nature and took place at Galerie Akinci in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from the 03 November 2018 to 22 December 2018.

Historical Context of Netherlands

In the post-Impressionist era, the dutch Vincent Van Gogh is considered among one of the most leading innovators, and is of course regarded as one of the most remarkable painters of all time, irrespective of the era. Willem de Kooning is also Dutch, although he emigrated to the United States in his youth and his work is most closely related to the New York City Abstract Expressionist scene of the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Melanie Bonajo

Melanie Bonajo was born in 1978 and was primarily influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group 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 garnered a divisive 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 dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a influential idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this idea.

Melanie Bonajo

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