Stephan Balleux

1974 · Belgium

Artist biography

Stephan Balleux is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium, like other celebrated artists such as Carine Campo, Dirk Lambrechts, Stéphanie Rollin, Emmanuel Van Der Auwera, and Vincent Delbrouck. Stephan Balleux was born in 1974.

Stephan Balleux' exhibition

Stephan Balleux most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Counter Space in Zurich with the exhibition Sculpture? \ Sculpture | A collaborative exhibition with ARS BELGA. The exhibition was open from 24 April 2019 until 27 April 2019.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been an important artistic hub since the later part of the 19th century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to significant influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late nineteenth century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an integral hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a significant 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 Stephan Balleux

Born in 1974, Stephan Balleux was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a key decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Stephan Balleux

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