Yannick Val Gesto

1987 · Belgium

Artist biography

Yannick Val Gesto is regarded as an emerging contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium, like other artists such as Alexia De Ville De Goyet, Studio Job, Saint Clair Cemin, Rik De Boe, and René Magritte. Yannick Val Gesto was born in 1987.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Yannick Val Gesto is represented by two galleries, which are Levy.Delval in Brussels, Belgium and Cinnnamon in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Yannick Val Gesto's work has most recently been exhibited at Cinnnamon in Rotterdam (12 September 2019 until 11 October 2019) with the exhibition Imperfect Butterflies.

Historical Context of Belgium

During the 1930s, Belgian art was to play a essential role in Surrealism, particularly through the work of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Other significant Belgian artists of the twentieth century include Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans. In the late 19th century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an important centre for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a key 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 Yannick Val Gesto

Born in 1987, Yannick Val Gesto was predominantly influenced by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most famous artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed an influential collective called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

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