Various Artists is a Brussels based arts collective with 24 members.
The origins of the collective go back to 1993 when visual artist Trudo Engels (°1962) started to spread his (fragmented) artistic practice over several fictional characters. Over a period of almost 15 years, literally behind the scenes of an experimental arts laboratory based in Brussels, he developed an international collective, known today as Various Artists or VA.
In 2009 the group reached the number of 24 when Engels joined them as The Late Trudo Engels as he was no longer in power to guide, or decide for them. Since 2011 the collective is represented by Paulo Sudo (cf. São Paulo, and Super User Do), a detached non-artist referring to himself as managing conductor.
In the beginning of the nineties Various Artists was granted the prize: Prix Jeune Peinture Belge with the installation Carmella Giansoldati. Other installations and performances realised by Various Artists are Barney Left (Kanaal, Kortrijk), Nancy Turlington (Kanaal, Kortrijk), Opera Secco (Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels), Lettres d’Ixelles (nadine, Brussels), Le Château (Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo), Human Mathematics (Museo Textil, Oaxaca), Q and A (Galleria Continua, San Gimignano).
Various Artists are, in order of appearance
Intrudor, Armin Turing
Digi_Shelf, Délia Sheehy
Christl & Martn Coppens
Martaque, Vali (✝1994), Jamila and Fala Al Khawarizm
Late Trudo Engels (✝2009)
Valereson da Silva
Omar, Ana and Nada Omandichana
Morice de Lisle
Sufferice, Albert Savereys