From "rotten" fruits sculpted in diamonds to Van Gogh's life in comic. We review the most striking artistic projects of this 2020.
It seems difficult to get positive aspects of this unfortunate 2020, but like it or not, it has them and you learn everything. For our part, we have been able to verify first-hand an explosion of inordinate creativity, due of course to a confinement that led us to an almost necessary fight against boredom, and led to the emergence of our most creative side.
Proof of all this are the works that have emerged throughout this 2020, some by artists spontaneously inspired by historical events, others surely matured over years and of which we have echoed to spread the implicit message of the artist. Here we summarize what for us have been the 10 most surprising emerging artists of this 2020. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.
1. The impossible hyperrealism of Darian Mederos
This Cuban artist based in Miami was an explosion of ecstasy in our heads this 2020. His hyperrealism taken to the maximum (or minimum) detail has aroused massive interest in social networks, and it is no wonder. You can learn more about his work clicking here.
2. Luke Rasmussen and his multicolored art hidden in climbing
Beauty merges between photographic technique and extreme sports. Luke Rasmussen caught a glimpse of light where there was none and without falling short or lazy, he showed us the way, specifically the routes that he himself climbed while his camera captured the feat. Some impressive photographs that freeze the passage of time in an unbeatable landscape. You can learn more about his work clicking here.
3. Balloonoflexia and Biology: we talk about Masayoshi Matsumoto
We were honestly unaware of the possibility of taking balloon twisting to such extreme detail. When it is done with a concept and an aesthetic as careful as the Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto does, then it easily catches our attention. And so it was, his fauna of balloons and air from his lungs have been great news this 2020. You can learn more about his work clicking here.
4. Lewis Miller's floral hooliganism through the streets of New York
Another artistic intervention, this time carried out on the streets of New York, very much in line with the situation we have experienced in 2020, which aroused special interest in us. Just as we observe wild animals roaming the cities, we can appreciate the impressive flower arrangements of the North American artist Lewis Miller, claiming the power and beauty of nature in emblematic spaces of the city of skyscrapers. You can learn more about his work clicking onhere.
5. Kathleen Ryan's rotten fruit dolls
One of our favorite discoveries has undoubtedly been the Californian artist Kathleen Ryan and her “rotten” fruits, in this case diamonds. An inherent contrast in her works that has attracted the attention of the general public and has been acclaimed by the critics, leading the artist to exhibit her opulent decomposing fruits by renowned galleries around the world. You can learn more about his work clicking here.
6. Kit Layfield's surreal paradise masks
And masks became fashionable ... or rather, they had to become fashionable. At the same time, the illustrator Kit Layfield in the midst of all the commotion unified a message of vindication and irony (all together) in illustrations that reel complex montages of breathing in futuristic masks. If a pandemic comes in 200 years, will masks be like this? You can learn more about his work clicking here.
7. Alireza Karimi and her biographical comic about Van Gogh
It is true that you do not have to investigate much to find the work of the Iranian illustrator Alireza Karimi Moghaddam. His work is more than known on social networks and it will surely have impacted you on your mobile screen. Anyway, we think that it is worth mentioning both for its originality and for its technique imitating the life and work of the Dutch genius in its digital version. But above all we include it in our summary because of the good vibes that it transmitted to us this year, which we needed. You can learn more about his work clicking here.
8. Juan Aballe captures the nostalgic ambiguity of emptied Spain.
Although this project predates the lockdown, it has a lot to do with it. Madrid photographer Juan Aballe shows us with his Country Fictions project the ambiguity and uncertainty that the inhabitants of emptied Spain experience in their day-to-day lives. Just as the streets of Spanish cities were emptied due to confinement, his photographs show that romantic and hopeful side of some lonely spaces. You can learn more about his work clicking here.
9. Botany + watercolors. The perfect sum of the Spanish portraitist Riso Chan
Exploring, exploring, we came across the exciting portraits of Riso Chan, which was love at first sight. In the first instance, we were confused that the project came from Amsterdam (and the name of the artist, why fool us), but when we realized that the artist was of Spanish origin, then we felt a little extra pride. Angela floods her watercolor portraits of botany and nature with a unique technique. You can learn more about his work clicking here.
10. Embroidery reinterprets history in the work of Victoria Villasana
When we thought that we had already seen it all this year, Victoria Villasana appears and dazzles us with her colorful embroideries that dress great characters in history. What can we say about the Queen of England dressed in a Mexican-style bison ... well, it is scandalous and that is why we love it. You can learn more about his work clicking here.