Vladimir Kush (b. 1965) is a russian surrealist painter who studied at the Moscow Art Institute and is now living in the U.S. He works in a vein of fantastic art obviously influenced by Surrealists like Dali and Magritte, but with a distinctly different emotional context.
His paintings have something of a visionary mystical quality and many of them feature recurrent themes like butterflies, sailing ships, fruits and other natural forms, and visions within cloud formations. His images often deal with interesting combinations of visual elements.
Website: Vladimir Kush – Home
Source: Surrealistic Paintings by Vladimir Kush
Freddy Tsimba (b. 1967) is a Congolese visual artist living in Democratic Republic of the Congo. He works in Kinshasa (DRC’s capital, 12 million inhabitants) in a workshop he calls the “humanitarian corridor” and has exhibited in many countries of the world.
Freddy Tsimba explores the theme of war in all its aspects. Many of his sculptures consist of sockets and / or pieces of weapons welded together to form characters. The technique used allows to develop a powerful symbolism, because the artist thus gives life to inert objects having been used to kill. He is also using spoons and keys.
Website: Freddy Tsimba | Artiste plasticien. Sculpteur. Congolais.
Source: Meet Freddy Tsimba, Congolese Contemporary Sculptor
US artist Christopher David White (b. 1977) is a trompe l’oeil sculptor whose works are handmade predominantly from clay and rendered with acute attention to detail, often resembling decaying pieces of wood, rusted metal, and other objects in various stages of deterioration. These works explore the relationship between humanity and nature and how both are in a constant state of flux between growth and decay.
Source: Hyperrealistic ‘Wood’ Sculptures in… Ceramic by Christopher David White
Since 1987, US artist and illustrator David Zinn (b. 1969) has stalked the streets creating temporary illustrations with chalk and charcoal. Zinn improvises each piece on the spot and makes use of found objects, street fixtures, and stairsteps to create trompe l’oeil illusions.
Most of these drawings have appeared on sidewalks in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in Michigan, but many have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan, village squares in Sweden and street corners in Taiwan.
Website: David Zinn – Street Art & Illustration
Source: Lovely Chalk Street Art by David Zinn
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a contemporary art museum located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world. The museum opened on September 22, 2017.
It is Zeitz a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all. Over one hundred galleries, spread over nine floors, are dedicated to a large cutting edge permanent collection; temporary exhibitions; and Centres for Art Education, Curatorial Excellence, Performative Practice, Photography, the Moving Image, and the Costume Institute.
Website: Zeitz MOCAA – Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Source: The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town
Samuel Salcedo was born in Barcelona in 1975, where he lives and works. Bachelor of Fine Arts, he studied at the University of Barcelona and the Manchester Metropolitan University in England.
Salcedo’s sculptural work is characterized by technical excellence. One can see his mastery in the diversity of the materials he uses (resin, wood, aluminum) and which integrate painting, the discipline with which he began his career. His sculptures and characters always question the viewer with their subtle irony and vulnerability.
Website: Samuel Salcedo – Work
Source: Amazing Faces by Samuel Salcedo
Debra Bernier (b. 1962) from Victoria, Canada creates extraordinary wooden art. She uses natural materials, such as driftwood, clay, and shells to create mesmerising driftwood sculptures. These intricate pieces represent the spirits of nature as human fusing together with the natural material.
Debra lives with her family on beautiful Vancouver Island Canada, immersed in the wild and gentle inspiration of nature. The artist takes on the workshop pieces of wood, which already have a certain shape. The she turns them into incredible forms that look like mermaids, elves, dryads or other creatures native to the fantasy worlds.
She sees each piece of driftwood as a work of art already, created through the hands of Mother Nature. The earth, the ocean, even the moon and its effects on the tides, play a part in the unique shaping of driftwood.
Website: Home – Debra Bernier Earth Sculptures
Source: Driftwood Spirit Sculptures by Debra Bernier