Nicolas Kozakis

1967 · Belgium

Artist biography

Nicolas Kozakis is a mid-career established artist, who originates from Belgium, like other famous artists such as Mark Dedrie, Jef Verheyen, Jana Cordenier, Carla Arocha- Stéphane Schraenen, and Patrick Van Caeckenbergh. Nicolas Kozakis was born in 1967.

Nicolas Kozakis' Gallery representation

Nicolas Kozakis' work is available for viewing at Kusseneers Gallery in Brussels, Belgium.

Historical Context of Belgium

During the 1930s, Belgian art was to play a essential role in Surrealism, particularly through the work of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Other significant Belgian artists of the 20th century include Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans. In the late 19th century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an important centre for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a key artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.

Further Biographical Context for Nicolas Kozakis

Born in 1967, Nicolas Kozakis was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Nicolas Kozakis

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