We’ve invented fire. The wheel. High-class technology. The internet. Hell, we’re one step away from journeying into space. It’s about time we start appreciating art while the artists are still… alive. Here’s a list of ten up-coming artists you probably haven’t heard of. Take a good look. They might not be with us for long…
1. Afarin Sajedi – An exotic name, to say the least, accompanied by an eccentric style. Influences: Heinrich Boll and Gustav Klimt. The skin is no loner opaque. The imperfections are palpable. Pain transcends suffering, it becomes beauty. Unapologetic. Shameless. Raw. Beauty beyond grotesque.
2. Beth Hoeckel – Key skills: painting, photography and printmaking. Full time artist. Her collages evoke a certain stage of Nirvana. In the palms of the universe the human being is nothing but a fragment; mere dust collecting dreams larger than life. She was featured in Esquire magazine with an illustration for the Black Book (2013)
3. Eugenia Loli – Filmmaker and a modern vintage collage artist. Before art took over her life, Eugenia worked in the technology sector. She uses digital manipulation to send across socio-political messages. Powerful images. “I like to make them think a tiny bit about what the work is about, realize one thing for one moment, and then suddenly get hit with another meaning,” Loli says.
4. Felicia Simion – As cliche-ish as it sounds, a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes, words are more than welcome: “Someone once told me: I press the shutter when God wants it pressed. From then on, I felt like photography was something bigger than an ephemeral crotchet, beyond the crust of my soul, brighter than light itself.”
5. Lara Zankoul – Her style pushes the limits of contemporary fairytales, exploring the unseen. Making the invisible, visible. Although a graduate of the American University of Beirut, with a Masters in Economics, she found her true love in the art of drawing with light.
6. Lee Jinju – “Life wanders, but memories remain.” Exposing visual contemplations on the questions often repeated in life. A curative form of art.
8. Nicholas Scarpinato – 20 years old, photographer, filmmaker, and sculptor…wait what? 20 years old? Unbelievable. A whimsical approach combining photography and painting.
9. Nicolas Bruno – Art as therapy. His photographs are an exploration of his sleep-paralysis phenomenon. “I have experienced bone chilling hallucinations and extreme terror during these dreams”. “A bittersweet homage” to his dream-world encounters.
10. Sandra Chevrier – Full time single mom. Full time artist. Her art exposes the limitations within our world, confined by the boundaries of deception. A leap between reality and imagination. Truth and deception. Bold, yet subtle.