Ron Van Dongen

1961 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Ron Van Dongen is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the Netherlands, like other well-known artists such as [email protected], Arthur Kleinjan, Martina Merlini, Joost Tholens, and Daniëlle van Ark. Ron Van Dongen was born in 1961.

Galleries

Ron Van Dongen is represented by two galleries. These are Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, the United Kingdom and Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has a solid heritage for art and design in the twentieth century culture, although its position as a cultural powerhouse had been long established, centuries before the fifteenth century, when artists like Jan van Eyck were among the most well-known in the world. The Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s brought such personalities as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Willem de Kooning is also Dutch, although he emigrated to the United States at a young age and his work is most closely related to the New York City Abstract Expressionist scene of the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Ron Van Dongen

Born in 1961, Ron Van Dongen's creative work 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 fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth differences, 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 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 began to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Ron Van Dongen

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