Zaria Forman is a unique artist that does pastel drawings of the ocean and icy landscapes. Forman travels around the world to collect images and inspiration from her work. She has flown with NASA on operational missions to Antarctica, Greenland, and Artic Canada. Her work have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, and the Wall Street Journal.
Paul Cadden is a Scottish artist who is widely known for his hyperrealism drawings. Cadden uses various mediums with his pencil to mimic photographs and video stills. He portrays his drawings from classic photorealism that has emotional, cultural, and political themes. Some of Cadden’s amazing work has been exhibited at the 149th Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Exhibition.
Nick Cave is an amazing fabric sculptor and performance artist from Chicago, Illinois. He is also the director of The Art Institute of Chicago’s Graduate Fashion Program. His inspiration comes from African art traditions and ceremonial dresses. Nick is known for his Soundsuits which are costumes that completely cover the individual’s body. He developed the costumes out of dyed human hair, sisal, beads, plastic buttons, wire feathers, and sequins. Nick created the costumes as a second skin that hides gender, race, and class so the audience can watch without judgment. His work is a mixture of dance, choreography, and fashion.
Banneet Lakhesar is a creative artist and founder of her global style of modern desi disapur pop art. Her paintings are inspired by her background in sculpture. She majored in sculpture at OCAD University in Toronto. Her artwork represents old school Bollywood and pop culture which reflects her favorite Hindi film Mughal-E- Azam. She also was able to collaborate with amazing brands such as Fenty Beauty and Adidas.
Haroshi is a Japanese sculptor, woodworker, and skateboarder from Tokyo, Japan. He is known for creating large sculptures made out of used skateboard decks. He makes each sculpture by carefully selecting and stacking the skateboards, then he hand carves, paints, and polishes them into a veneer finish. He also sculptures teddy bears, cartoon characters, sneakers, and fire hydrants. During the construction of each sculpture, Haroshi puts a broken skateboard piece into the core of the piece or gives each piece a “soul”. This practice was inspired by Unkei who was a 12th-century Buddhist sculptor. Unkei would place a crystal ball inside each of his Buddha sculptures.
Artist Mickalene Thomas creates amazing paintings that are embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her paintings represent African American beauty, sexual identity, and power. She also includes different genres in her artwork such as portraiture, landscape, still life, and nude. Mickalene Thomas was born in Camden, New Jersey, and studied at Yale University School of Art in 2002.
Mickalene Thomas Interview
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