Olaf Nicolai

1962 · Germany

Artist biography

Olaf Nicolai is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Germany, like other well-known artists such as Ingrid Hornef, Bernd Lohaus, Max Ernst (P)*, Sonja Alhäuser, and Markus Fräger. Olaf Nicolai was born in 1962.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Olaf Nicolai's work is available for viewing at Galerie Eigen+Art | Berlin in Germany. Olaf Nicolai is at the moment exhibiting at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland with the exhibition (Self)Portraits (22 February 2020 - 18 July 2020). Olaf Nicolai's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Eigen+Art | Berlin in Germany (12 September 2019 - 18 October 2019) with the name HOW TO FANCY THE LIGHT OF A CANDLE AFTER IT IS BLOWN OUT and Kunstsaele Berlin in Germany (22 September 2018 - 17 November 2018) with the name ABENTEUER FREUNDSCHAFT. Olaf Nicolai's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Olaf Nicolai Der 673. Morgen and took place at Galerie Eigen+Art | Berlin in Germany from the 28 April 2017 to 27 May 2017.

Further Biographical Context for Olaf Nicolai

Born in 1962, Olaf Nicolai was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Olaf Nicolai