Emerging Contemporary Artists 2016

Here’s Four Emerging Contemporary Artists we like for 2016:

Christian Rosa

Since 2015, the Rio de Janeiro-born artist Christian Rosa’s career has been on a steady rise. Born in 1982 and currently working in Vienna, he’s an artist to keep an eye on. In 2012, he graduated from the Akademie der bildended Künste and immediately garnered huge amounts of attention at several important exhibitions including his 2013 gallery debut in Los Angeles, the Venice Biennale, and the Frieze New York art fair. Rosa expresses his subjective experiences in the non-objective art tradition using oil, spray paint, and pencil in his paintings. Working on large canvases, he creates an abstract world using his instinctive reactions to mistakes and chance. Using a combination of calligraphic scrawlings and what appears to be random sketches using simply drawn paths that appear natural in form, he creates intriguingly composed paintings that are highly meditative.


Awol Erizku

Born in Ethiopia and now living in the Bronx, New York, twenty-six-year-old Awol Erizku is a multi-media artist who promotes a just cause through his work. The profound mission of this remarkable artist’s video installations, sculptures, and photographs are to place people of color on the walls of galleries and museums which he strives to rectify through his critical discourse of art history. In his critically acclaimed series of portraits using photography, he elevates blackness through artistry in which he replaces modern black faces for the original subjects of white color in classic, iconic portraits done by historical artists such as Vermeer and Caravaggio.


Jeff Elrod

Jeff Elrod, an American painter born in Dallas in 1966 combines digitally-rendered with hand-painted elements in large format abstract paintings. Elrod pulls sharp geometric shapes out of focus to create a pronounced retinal effect in his hybrid images with illusory depth and flat color plans that are executed using computer programs Illustrator and Photoshop as well as spray paint and acrylic. In order to generate a hypnotic effect, he cleverly removes the focal point by dissolving images until a new shape emerges. Audiences are bedazzled by his amorphous paints composed of indistinct blotches of color with lost objects. Because there is no visual anchor, his paintings are resistant to coherence.

David Ostrowski

The extremely talented painter from Germany, David Ostrowski, was born in Cologne in 1981. This renown painter creates deceptively simple abstract paintings that are visual poetry in minimal form. His work has grown from the artist’s study of painting’s true nature. Ostrowski explores the how the process of creation works within the inevitability of error as he strives to remove himself from the technical skills used within the art tradition as he strives to tell more using less. The critically acclaimed and highly controversial F series is his most famous work. In it, Ostrowski works towards the unpainterly essentials in a calculated and well-thought our artistic process featuring interventions on canvas that are barely noticeable and what some call unpainted and empty works.

Inspiring Environmental Artists (EcoArt)

Ecological Art, better known as EcoArt, is a particular approach to art. It falls under the broader term of Environmental art, and it involves not only an ecological approach but often a political activist approach, as well. An artist who focuses on EcoArt brings their connection to nature into their artwork.

EcoArt is unique to its approach. However, the number of artists who create in the area, especially female artists, is growing. They are getting out the message of their geographical, ecological, cultural, biological and political concerns in this emerging field.

One of the factors that distinguishes the area is that more than one medium drives it, and it is often based in the community. The reuse of materials to protect and preserve are often focal points of the artworks. Below are some artists in the EcoArt field that are significant:

1. American Artist Aviva Rahmani

Aviva Rahmani is an ecological artist who works in a variety of mediums. Her work includes painting, photography as well as uses of sound. She has created landscape restorations as well as site-responsive museum pieces.

One of her most famous projects is her Blue Rocks project of 2002 focusing on the issues sounding Vinalhaven Island, Maine. The project drew such attention that the USDA contributed over $500,000 to restore twenty-six acres of the wetlands.

Her current works not only focus on problems in our environment and how to solve them but specifically on mapping analysis and working on solutions for both urban and rural water improvement in large landscapes. She gets the word out on the Internet with things such as webcasts.


2. Sydney Artist Janet Laurence

Janet Laurence is an ecological artist who sets her sights on creating art that makes one think about art and science mixed in with memory and loss. She is influential enough to be seen in the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Her work includes the use of organic materials mixed in with laboratory created materials. She sets her focus on life forms and how humans impact the planet and ecology.

3. Sydney Artist Jamie North

The artist Jamie North focuses on the complicated and often destructive fusion of man-made elements mixing in with the natural environment.

Her work is a unique use of concrete pylons that feature various colors and materials along wth plant life. She makes her creations give off a feel of growth but also the opposite – erosion.

One of her major pieces was for the foyer in the National Gallery of Victoria. She is also responsible for a major installment for Biennale of Sydney.

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4. American Artist Aurora Robson

Aurora Robson, based out of New York, considers herself not only an ecological artist but also an activist. She sets her focus on the amount of waste produced by society, and her sculptures are created out of that waste. The result is sculptures created not only from waste but also enhanced with LEDS that are not only beautiful but energy saving.

Robson founded Project Vortex which is a group of designers, artists, and architects who work together on collecting plastic debris.


5. UK’s Richard Box

The UK artist Richard Box focuses on land art to deliver his contemporary message. His field of beams creation is title Field. It is simply light bulbs placed in the ground under a series of power lines. The bulbs glow not due to battery, but due to ghost power radiating from the power lines above.

Renewable Energy and Solar in Modern Art

Over the next century, one of the largest issues facing humanity will be the gradual replacement of fossil fuel that is based upon a renewable energy economy. This task will be monumental and require the collaboration of entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and scientists as well as consumers.

However, what about artists? Do they have a role?

There are a variety of roles that artists can play when it comes to renewable energy sources. Artists can influence and help to introduce both clean technology as well as renewable energy. They can assist as people work with energy and explore their options as they interact in life in each and every way possible. As their work catches on, they will make things more beautiful and enjoyable and stir up emotions that can lead to a more lovely world that we live in. It’s the artist’s job to create beautiful solar and wind-powered emotions. They can utilize fossil fuels and solar and wind to create unique one of a kind sources of energy. Artists are the creators of the future when it comes to these energy sources. They may inspire others to create as well.

While these transcend both school, style, realists and abstract artists, they also inspire sculptures and glass workers. Together, they can all work toward ideologies that have previously clashed.

Tucson’s Luminarias Del Pueblo

The event began in 2003 and the luminarias del Pueblo featured artists that could create and make luminous creations that worked to create a more beautiful world. Utilizing solar power they now take great advantage of Arizona’s sun and artistry.

Solar at Vivid

In order to promote solar energy Sydney Pollinate Energy created a solar powered light display for Vivid festival with the help of the Solar Rig from SCU (pictured below).


Hiro Yamagata

This artist specialized in laser installations. The newest work included solar as well as wind energy. In memory of Bamiyan Buddhas which was destroyed by the Taliban, the project images uses buddhas on a rock face that is near Bamiyan Afghanistan. Lasers will be powered up by windmills as well as solar panels.

Luis Jacob

Luis Jacob used numerous high-intensity LEDs to print. “Everybody’s got a little light under the sun” so the saying is printed. The LEDs are designed and powered up by a visitor-activated bike pedal that creates the rotating disco panels and balls all from solar power.

Robert Behren’s Solar Intersections

In 1989 Solar Intersections installed sixteen 70 foot high steel poles that were coated with special solar paint that acted as solar panels.

2004 Cape Wind Energy Art

In 2004, an art contest spurred children under the age of 18 to create and demonstrate their vision of solar power by wind. The winner’s painting was by Tracey Babin.


Aussie Contemporary Artists to Look Out For

If you are an art collector, there are 6 artists you should never forget to add to your collection this year. The artists named in this article made an impact on the Australia art scene in the year 2013. They are likely to repeat the same in 2014.

Danie Mellor

Daniel Mellor is expected to have a big year in 2014 because of the launch of a survey exhibition of his work to take place at the University Of Queensland Art Museum. The launch will focus on the last decade of his career.

Mellor’s work is made more desirable by the fact that the National Gallery of Canada’s recently acquired his major mixed media on paperwork Maba-I-Rugu that translates to of power in darkness.


Emily Floyd

Two major survey exhibitions of Emily Floyd who is based in Melbourne will take place in 2014 in Australia. The first will be at Heide Museum from March 15 to July 13.

The second one will take place at the National Gallery of Victoria from November 14 to March 15, 2015. Emily Floyd’s work has been included in the Melbourne Now exhibition which is organized by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Baden Pailthorpe

Australia has an exciting video art scene driven by some of the world’s most celebrated video artists. Baden Pailthorpe is regarded as one of the most influential video artists in Australia. He will build on the success of 2013 in 2014 by exhibiting his work all over the world including at the Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition which will be held in Singapore.

He will also be in the Machiniglitch exhibition which will be held at the Vector festival in the city of Toronto, Canada. In 2014, Westpace which is based in Melbourne will exhibit 4 new media artworks by Pailthorpe known as Cadence.

Pat Brassington

Pat Brassington is one of the most respected photographic artists in Australia. She won the reputable William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize and was part of the NEW13 exhibition of the recent acquisitions at the University Of Queensland Art Museum.

Her work “The Frog” 1997 is part of the Museum of Old and New Art/Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery exhibition which toured to La Maison Rouge in Paris. In 2014, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s will have a major survey of Pat’s work “Pat Brassington:A Rebours, “will continue the New Zealand and Australia tour.

Ben Quilty

Other than the fact that Ben Quilty is one of the most successful and talented contemporary artists in Australia. He also won an award in the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in the category of Contemporary Asian Art.

This means that he gets a solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London towards the end of 2014. He is now climbing the international profile ladder and you have to get hold of him before he reaches new heights.


Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

When compiling any list of Indigenous Australian painters, one name cannot miss and that is then the name of Nyapanyapa Yunupingu who is from the Yolngu tribe stands out as one of the singular and most exciting artists in the industry.

The recent of her work at Roslyn Oxley recently was magnificent and the two painted logs known as larrkitj were part of the Gallery of New South Wales “Yirkala drawings” exhibition are standout pieces. If Nyapanyapa had not made it to your list of artists worth collecting, you need to add him now.