Raquel Melgue

1985 · Portugal

Artist biography

Raquel Melgue is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Portugal, like other famous artists such as Pedro Barateiro, Gonçalo Barreiros, João Fonte Santa, Nuno Da Luz, and Akacorleone. Raquel Melgue was born in 1985.

Raquel Melgue's Gallery representation

Raquel Melgue is represented and exhibited by Kubik Gallery in Porto, Portugal.

Further Biographical Context for Raquel Melgue

Born in 1985, Raquel Melgue was primarily influenced by the 1990s. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.

Raquel Melgue

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