Wim Delvoye

1965 · Belgium

Artist biography

Wim Delvoye is a modern artist, who originates from Belgium, like other artists such as Luc Peire, Sven Verhaeghe, Leon Vrancken, Veronica Barcellona, and Eugène Dodeigne. Wim Delvoye was born in 1965.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Wim Delvoye's work is available on display in 10 galleries around the globe, such as in Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland. Galleries include Bernier/Eliades Gallery and rodolphe janssen in Brussels, and Tega in Milan.

Historical Context of Belgium

Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and affirmed itself as a vibrant and innovative artistic centre in the later part of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the unfolding of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Highly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a major artistic trend, early precursor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the late nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.

Further Biographical Context for Wim Delvoye

Born in 1965, Wim Delvoye was largely influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant 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.

Wim Delvoye

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