Sylvan Lionni

1973 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Sylvan Lionni is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Sylvan Lionni was born in 1973. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sylvan Lionni is represented by two galleries, which are Fort Gansevoort Gallery in New York, the United States and Taubert Contemporary in Berlin, Germany. Sylvan Lionni's work has most recently been exhibited at Stene Projects in Stockholm (30 October 2019 until 29 November 2019) with the exhibition Standard Stack. Sylvan Lionni's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is whodunnit, which took place at Taubert Contemporary in Berlin, Germany (05 July 2019 - 30 August 2019).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant extent outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically significant British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Sylvan Lionni

Sylvan Lionni was born in 1973 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Sylvan Lionni

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