Quenum, Gérard

1971 · Benin

Artist biography

Quenum, Gérard is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Benin, like other famous artists such as Hazoumè, Romuald, Ezekiel Messou, Quenum, Gérard, Meschac Gaba, and Leonce Raphael Agbodjélou. Quenum, Gérard was born in 1971.


Quenum, Gérard is represented and exhibited by two galleries, which are October Gallery in London, the United Kingdom and MAGNIN-A in Paris, France.

Further Biographical Context for Quenum, Gérard

Quenum, Gérard was born in 1971, grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, 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 1980s 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 global 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 began to gain prominence, notable artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Quenum, Gérard

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