Samuel Guillén

1977 · Venezuela

Artist biography

Samuel Guillén is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born in Venezuela, like other renowned artists such as Meyer Vaisman, Ricardo Jiménez, Luis Mille, Dayana Lucas, and Henry Bermudez. Samuel Guillén was born in 1977.

Samuel Guillén's Gallery representation

Samuel Guillén is represented by DAVIS & LANGDALE COMPANY, INC. located in New York, the United States.

Further Biographical Context for Samuel Guillén

Born in 1977, Samuel Guillén was predominantly influenced by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a divisive reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a leading idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.