Robert Devriendt

1955 · Belgium

Artist biography

Robert Devriendt is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from Belgium. Robert Devriendt was born in 1955. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Luc Tuymans and Francis Alÿs.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Robert Devriendt is represented by two galleries. These are Baronian Xippas in Brussels, Belgium and Galerie Loevenbruck in Paris, France. Robert Devriendt's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition THE MISSING SCRIPT at Baronian Xippas in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 03 April 2019 until 17 May 2019. Robert Devriendt's only other exhibition is The Scent of Burning Wood, which took place at Galerie Loevenbruck in Paris, France (23 January 2020 - 06 March 2020).

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been a vibrant artistic hub since the later years of the 19th century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to major influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late nineteenth century, as the period 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 an important 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 Robert Devriendt

Born in 1955, Robert Devriendt was largely inspired by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to evolve and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art materialized by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, predominantly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and admired throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, fortified his status as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity A few noteworthy international movements that defined the era include photorealism, which was initially introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which deeply influenced the visual culture.

Robert Devriendt