Once again, it’s that time of the month when we look back to see who are those extraordinary individuals you have been the most interested in during the past four weeks. As each month our list of the most popular artists is versatile, ranging from modern and contemporary painters to acclaimed street and urban artists. Within a set of artists that our community of followers finds the most interesting, there are those that never actually leave our list and whose popularity is only growing. This month, our list is male-dominated. Scroll down and discover the most popular names from our ever-growing artist database that have marked the month of April. See if your favorite made it to the list!
Featured images: Jean-Michel Basquiat; Pablo Picasso, via mashable.com; Farid Rueda, via pinterest.com; Alexis Diaz.
Henrietta Harris - Creating Dreamlike Portraits
First appearing on our list in January, Henrietta Harris has been a subject of a growing interest ever since. The Australian-born and New Zealand-based artist and illustrator, Henrietta works with paper, pen, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and occasionally gold leaf. Characterized by clean brushstrokes, her dreamlike and distorted portraits show amazing technical skills and a fusion of naturalistic and surrealistic approach. The subjects in her paintings seem to be dissipating like smoke, and doubled, fragmented faces, as if reflected in a broken mirror.
Featured image: Henrietta Harris, via artist’s website
Pablo Picasso - A Legend
One of the most known and influential artists of his time, Pablo Picasso is a regular on our list. A versatile artist with unparalleled achievements who expressed himself in painting, sculpting, stage designing, poetry, playwright, and other areas, he has redefined artistic practice and its purpose. Being an influence for a vast number of artists, his iconic masterpieces have been recently recreated in 3D geometric forms by the Pakistani artist Omar Aquil. The paintings’ traditional 2D perspective is essentially translated into shapes to create new physical qualities of the art.
Featured image: Pablo Picasso, via wikipedia
Jean Michel-Basquiat - The King of Train Graffiti
Artistically alluring, the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat have brought to the forefront many of the dualities of the time, at the same time dealing with social issues of the late 20th century. A selection of around 100 works by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the Mugrabi collection are on view at Rome’s Chiostro del Bramante, a restored renaissance cloister designed by Donato Bramane in 1500. The exhibition includes acrylic and oil paintings, drawings, silkscreen prints, ceramics, and collaborative works with Andy Warhol, all produced between 1982 and 1987.
Featured image: Jean-Michel Basquiat, via addicaid.com
Guy Denning - A Self-Taught Painter
A self-taught English contemporary artist and painter based in France, Guy Denning is the founder of the Neomodern group and part of the urban art scene in Bristol. One of the most important painters on the Urban Art scene right now, Guy Denning creates work that has an appeal beyond that scene and is increasingly being seen as part of the mainstream of the contemporary art world. His raw and gritty artworks are imbued with the melancholic and solemn effect enshrined in darkness, but never without a hint of anger.
Featured image: Guy Denning, courtesy the artist
Alexis Diaz - Depicting Animal Hybrids
A Puerto Rican painter and urban muralist, Alexis Diaz creates chimerical and dreamlike depictions of animals in a state of metamorphosis. With a very detailed and precise technique, he creates captivating murals, showing his signature style of tiny black brushstrokes that resemble highly-detailed pen-and-ink drawings. Having a preference for wild animals, he often portrays those from the Savannah, blending them with other fantastical creatures. Twisting tentacles, strange fusions of anatomy, beings wrapped in plants, all rendered atop colorful gradients create an unmistakable style Diaz has become famous for.
Featured image: Alexis Diaz, via artpeoplegallery.com
David Choe - The Provocative Artist
Often depicting explicit scenes of sexual nature, David Choe paints naked women in erotic lights, but also surreal and comic figures, both symbolic and fantastic in nature. He rose to fame with his work for Facebook offices, being offered $60,000 or company stock. After choosing stock, Choe made an estimated $200 million in 2012. In 2014, the artist was was accused of rape after telling a story of him sexually assaulting a masseuse in one LA studio on his radio podcast.
Featured image: David Choe, via artist’s website
Farid Rueda - A Master of Color
A Mexican street artist who is a newcomer on our list, Farid Rueda is known for painting graffiti full of his country’s cultural references. Yet, the artist has found new innovative ways to interpreting Mexican popular culture without turning into a cliché. Primarily known for his murals and other large-scale pieces, the artist paints smaller works as well. His signature is a technique of kaleidoscopic multicolored patterns. Some of his influences include John Baizley, Stuntkid, James Jean, Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt and Jose de Riebra.
Featured images: Farid Rueda, via instagram
Hush - Influenced by the Japanese Motifs
A British street artist working in graffiti, stencil, painting, drawing and collage, Hush is mainly inspired by female entertainers and geishas. As a melting pot where eastern and western influences mingle and combine in aesthetically surprising results, Asia had a significant influence on the artists. Hush’s mix of crazy anime-inspired characters and pop-infused imagery creates a fascinating commentary on urban culture and has been described as Urban Abstract Pop.
Featured image: Hush, via addictedartgallery.com
Guido van Helten - Working in the Photorealistic Style
Another newcomer on our list, Guido van Helten is an Australian artist who creates breathtaking monochromatic portraits. Known for his photorealistic style, the artist creates delicate and elegant pieces imbued with a certain melancholic and deeply sentimental quality. Often working with photographic reference material that he finds culturally important, the artist pays special attention to details and tries to incorporate specific local elements into his works. His larger-than-life portraits of people span entire building and structures.
Featured image: Hush, via addictedartgallery.com
Banksy - First Again
An anonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity, Banksy never leaves our list. Every once in a while, the public thinks they have unveiled the mystery of his identity. Recently, a woman claimed she has captured the elusive artist for the first time on film while working in Tel Aviv just days before his exhibition in Bethlehem. Yet, it turned out that the man was not the Bristol-born graffiti creative, but a British-Israeli artist, AME72.