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Carol Magee

Ethiopian painter, installation artist, graphic designer, and writer, active in the USA. She grew up in Addis Ababa in a family of painters before moving to the USA. She graduated from Howard University, Washington, DC, with a BFA in painting (1975) and returned in ...


Polish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Poland and in France from 1980.

Born 17 January 1948, in Bierna.

Painter (including mixed media), poster artist, architect. Frescoes.

Antoni Bachur followed courses in drawing and painting between 1968 and 1972, when he was taught by Kryzanowski, Czajka and Michalowski in Wroclaw. Having graduated in architecture in Wroclaw, he was a pupil of Jean Prouvé in Paris ...


British, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1963, in England.

Book artist, printmaker, graphic designer, installation artist, art director, writer, educator. Community art, environmental art.

After a Foundation course at Lanchester Polytechnic, Lanchester (1981–1982), Les Bicknell studied graphic design at the London College of Printing (...


American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1 February 1960, in New York.

Sculptor, assemblage artist, graphic artist.

Nayland Blake studied at Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY, receiving his BFA there. In 1984 he obtained a MFA from the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, CA. Blake is a conceptual artist, concentrating primarily on themes of racial, sexual and personal identities, with emphasis on the threat of AIDS and the gay identity. His early works, such as ...


American graphic designer, installation artist and design educator. De Bretteville attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, NY, and was included in the school’s Art Squad by teacher and artist Leon Friend, who submitted his students’ work to national competitions. She received a prestigious Alex Award, named after the designer Alex Steinweiss, also a former member of the Art Squad. She received a BA in art history from Barnard College, New York in ...


French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1959.

Painter (mixed media).

Christine Canetti's abstract compositions are often an offshoot of Art Informel, although they also feature arbitrary graphic symbols. She exhibited from 1983 to 1991 at the Salon de Montrouge, the Salon Confrontation in Paris, the Salon de la Jeune Peinture, and at the Cannes Biennale; and has also exhibited solo in Paris and Barcelona....


French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 24 February 1958.

Painter (including mixed media), collage artist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator, poster artist. Stage sets.

Olivier de Cayron is a self-taught painter whose work betrays the influence of Pollock, Dubuffet and, on occasion, Michaux. In 1985, he was one of the co-founders of the ...


Brazilian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1958, in Fortaleza.

Painter, installation artist. Multimedia.

José Guedes is a self-taught artist and lives and works in Fortaleza. He uses photographic images and video in his work. In the video installation he showed at the Capc, Musée d'Art Contemporain in Bordeaux in ...


Palestinian, 20th–21st century, female.

Active in England since 1975.

Born 1952, in Beirut.

Sculptor, installation artist, photographer. Multimedia.

Mona Hatoum studied graphic design at Beirut University College before settling in London in 1975, during civil war in Lebanon. In London she studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. In the 1980s she began making video and performance works incorporating themes of exile and the body, such as ...


Swedish, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1967, in Sweden.

Installation artist, photographer.

Annika von Hausswolff produces installations in the form of environments, in which objects, the atmosphere and photographic works interact.

1996, São Paulo Biennale

1998, Sightings, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

1999, Venice Biennale...


Swiss, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active since 1984 in France.

Born 1957, in Bern.

Painter, assemblage artist, installation artist.

Neo-Conceptual Art.

Hirschhorn trained as a graphic designer. He lives and works in Paris. In 2001, he won the Prix Marcel Duchamp in Paris. Hirschhorn assembles elements salvaged at random, which he displays for their meaning and with no regard for any aesthetic consideration. In particular, he occupies space with protuberances of aluminium foil, which hang from the ceiling and emerge from the ground, portraying a place reminiscent of a grotto. His works highlight and reappraise the everyday object. In ...


Canadian First Nations (Dunne-Zaa/Beaver), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1970, in Fort St. John (British Columbia).

Sculpture, painting, graphic art, mixed media, installation art.

Born in rural British Columbia in 1970, Jungen was actively interested in drawing as a child. Both his mother (Dunne-Zaa) and father (Swiss-Canadian) died when he was young. After high school, he moved to Vancouver and completed a Diploma in Visual Art at Emily Carr College of Art in ...


American conceptual artist, designer, and writer. She enrolled at Parsons School of Design, New York, where her teachers included the photographer Diane Arbus and Marvin Israel (1924–84), a successful graphic designer and art director of Harper’s Bazaar, who was particularly encouraging. When Kruger’s interest in art school waned in the mid-1960s, Israel encouraged her to prepare a professional portfolio. Kruger moved to New York and entered the design department of ...


Margaret Barlow

American photographer and conceptual artist. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (BA 1969, MFA 1973). Biographical information on Levine is limited, since she has refused to participate in ‘myth-making’ associated with art production. She first gained critical attention in the early 1980s, when she was associated with ...


Canadian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1957, in Hamilton.

Photographer, video artist. Multimedia.

Lewis studied conceptual photography in Europe with Victor Burgin. Through his photographic work, he became interested in social problems, such as feminism, psychoanalysis and the place of art in the public sphere. Since the middle of the 1990s, he has devoted himself to the creation of cinematic works. His first production, ...


German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in Mammendorf.

Painter, installation artist.

Gerhard Merz studied graphic art in Munich from 1966 to 1969, then attended the Munich academy of fine art. He now teaches at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. He executed his first monochromes in the 1970s, before going on to integrate silkscreen printed photographs into this 'pictorial void', thereby introducing figuration into his work. His installations since ...


American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950, in New York.

Collage artist, assemblage artist.

Cole Morgan is a fine-arts graduate of New Mexico University. He attended the Centre of Graphic Art in Florence and taught drawing and painting in Dublin 1974-1975. He produces collages on a uniform coloured background, using cards and sundry papers to produce primitive shapes that invite meditation....


American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in New York City.

Born 18 September 1951, in Santa Monica (California).

Sculptor, installation artist, performance artist, poster artist.

Computer Art (Virtual Art).

Matt Mullican attended the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, where he studied with the conceptual artist John Baldessari, obtaining a BFA in ...


American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1955.

Painter, installation artist.

Sabina Ott took part in the group show What is a Geographic Space? held in the Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1995. The installation she exhibited consisted of an abstract picture, a number of painted female busts on pedestals, and white lines (not parallel) drawn on the floor. In an adjacent room, she had made a replica of the exhibition's hanging plan with a video screen at its centre showing pictures of her trip to Ayers Rock in Central Australia. The whole installation functioned like interactive cartography involving several living spaces....


German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1963, in Hildesheim.

Sculptor, draughtsman, installation artist.

Manfred Pernice did a course in painting and graphic arts at the Hildesheim academy of arts, followed by a course in sculpture at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin in 1988. He lives and works in Berlin. His preoccupations derive from the huge transformation of the city where he lives. The structures he comes up with are simple to look at: made of planks of wood or bits of card on which the artist can stick posters or photos, they are akin to little houses, boxes and furniture, and are constantly evolving. The preparatory drawings for the construction of his installations are part of the work. The elements can be reused to create other works. His sculptures are 'architectural' in the sense that they refer - on different scales - to dwelling structures, or metropolitan traffic and places of exchange....