Antwerp, Belgium, 1987. Lives and works in Antwerp
The Belgian artist Yannick Val Gesto works in digital media, drawing, graphics, and painting.'Deliberately naive' is a phrase that applies to his work. His work is an expression of a rapidly changing world of cyberculture and internet memes, but his prints also reveal the desire to connect with the real, tangible world.
Val Gesto dives into a wealth of images from the internet and cleverly cuts and pastes his source material, thus creating works with a surprising painterly quality. Val Gesto is intrigued by the amateur aesthetics of fan art found on the internet. Sometimes he appropriates this material and reworks it into images that are either complex and layered or extremely simple and effective. In addition, he makes drawings with a deliberately naive aesthetic.