Instagram has become one of the Internet’s most popular social networks. The photo-sharing service is a great platform for urban artists to show their work and for followers to get hooked on peeking into their creative process. Enabling artists to present their works to a diverse and large audience and allowing a direct communication with the collectors, Instagram is becoming more popular as a means for showcasing fresh artworks and often acts as an art dealer. In order to inject a dose of the best urban art into your daily life, Widewalls has compiled a list of 10 most amusing and creative artists with beautifully designed, entertaining and informative Instagram accounts. From contemporary sculptors and painters to photographers and street and graffiti artists, we believe these people need to be followed regularly.
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JR - A Prolific Photographer
Two times selected as Widewalls’ Artist of the Week in just a few months, JR frequently shares his work in progress. Being constantly productive, he justifiably found himself in our Top 10 Instagram list. Given that JR is primarily an awesome photographer, here you have an opportunity to enjoy numerous life-affirming moments captured by his keen artistic eye.
Evoca1 - An Activist
Evoca1 is a self-taught figurative painter, designer and urban artist. This daring man and humanitarian merges art and humanity together. His nickname refers to the Spanish word “evocar” (to evoke) and expresses his activism toward raising public awareness about the difficulties of impoverished. If you believe that art and social commitment are inseparable or you simply need an inspiration and motivation, take a good look at Evoca1’s photos on Instagram.
DALeast - The Master of Illusion
Rather than wait to see one of DALeast’s remarkable visuals in your own city, enjoy his posts on Instagram. DALeast is for sure one of the most prolific artists of our time. His illusions, achieved by skillful combination of lines and layering, simply leave us breathless. He makes the images appear as if they are about to jump off the wall or canvas by using a dark base while simultaneously highlighting with fragmented, brighter lines.
CYRCLE. - An Exciting Duo
Dynamic, different, stylish. CYRCLE are experts in street art. Through street campaigns, design, fine art, murals, and collaborations, their work blurs the lines within urban art world. Their work deals with the questions of life, duality, and the human condition through numerous metaphors. Living by the motto We Never Die, the two-man collective doesn’t cease to excite us.
David Choe - A "Korean gone bad"
Calling himself a “Korean gone bad”, David’s life is as colorful as his artwork. However, you will not have much of a chance to see his delicate kaleidoscopic works on Instagram. Instead, you are able to watch a few videos of himself working on murals, and a lot of photos of David with his friends and family.
KAWS - An Artist Without Borders
By producing fine art via thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands, KAWS moves beyond the sphere of the exclusive art market to occupy the more complex, global market. For him, there is no distinction between making art and placing it in wider culture. Based on what he shares on Instagram, you’ll get a good overview of contemporary culture in general.
Sickboy - An Infamous Graffiti Artist
Sickboy emerged from Bristol’s infamous graffiti scene. He has been painting street art since 1995. Besides painting graffiti on the street, he also paints on canvas and exhibits conventionally in art galleries. Sickboy is perhaps the first British artists to use a pictorial logo for a tag. The logo in question is a red and yellow logo named “The Temple” and can be glimpsed on walls and wheelie bins worldwide.
Monsieur A. - A Fashionable Frenchman
Graffiti artist, international nightlife entrepreneur and L’Officiel Hommes creative director, André Saraiva (aka Monsieur André or just Monsieur A), has defined the late night life with his hotspot clubs for devoted followers of fashion all around the world. Viva la mode!
Daniel Arsham - A Crafty Magician
Daniel Arsham is one of the emerging American contemporary artists, who’s coming up fast in the art world thanks to his incredible, cutting-edge architectural and sculptural designs. With Arsham nothing is what it seems. Through sculpture, drawing and performance, the artist challenges our perceptions of physical space like a crafty magician.
Pixel Pancho - A Friend of Robots
Pixel Pancho is an Italian street artist specialized in large wall murals with distinctive robotic imagery. The artist uses a wide variety of mediums such as: tiles, wall painting, sticker/poster art and more. Take a look at Pancho’s robotic creatures in one place.