20 Artists to Follow on Instagram
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
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.
Banksy - The Most Famous Anonymous
Constantly in the media, but not always out of his own volition, Banksy is among the contemporary creatives that grew into urban legends. Always the topic of conversation, controversy, or even politics, he seems to be omnipresent and everything he does is immediately in the spotlight.
The subject of his identity has been largely debated and speculated, with hypotheses ranging from the strangely plausible to completely outrageous. If you want to stay up to date with the latest Banksy artworks, be sure to follow his Instagram.
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.
Cindy Sherman - The Master of Disguise
One of the best-known and most important photographers working today, Cindy Sherman is known for her decades-long performative practice of photographing herself, adopting many guises and re-examining women’s roles in history and contemporary society.
As she once explained herself, she is trying to make other people recognize something of themselves in her self-portraits rather than her. Featuring a series of wildly distorted selfies, flower arrangements and disturbing hospital self-portraits, her Instagram posts hold up a dark mirror to our era of self-obsession.
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.
Guerrilla Girls - The Feminist Art Collective
A feminist activist artist collective, Guerrilla Girls are known for wearing gorilla masks in public and using facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender bias and corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture.
Managing to protect their anonymity, they keep the focus on the issues – as they explain themselves, they could be anyone and they are everywhere. All of their activities are regularly updated on their Instagram profile.
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.
CYRCLE’s art 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.
Jeff Koons - The King of Postmodernism
Jeff Koons is known as one of the most influential and controversial artists of the post-war era. Placing his art somewhere in between high and low culture, he often plays with kitsch and has managed to transform the notion of an artist to the cult of celebrity in the global market. Though he has only posted 49 photos in five years, he has amassed 292,000 followers.
“Instagram is social media. I follow it but my creative life happens somewhere else. If I’m walking around and something is really is of interest of me, I don’t just put it out [on the internet],” he explained. “I let things resonate a little bit. My art is a platform that consumes my need for some of these social media platforms.”
David Choe - A "Korean gone bad"
Calling himself a “Korean gone bad”, David Choe‘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.
Petra Collins - Capturing Youth, Sexuality and Femininity
A Canadian artist, photographer, fashion model and director, Petra Collins creates photographs that have ethereal, dreamlike nature and femininity. rising to prominence in 2010s, she has shot campaigns for Gucci, Adidas, Nordstrom, photographs countless celebs and her work featured in museums like the Tate Modern – all by age 24.
In an industry where the same five men shoot almost every campaign, she used her youth and femininity to blaze a new trail. For a stream of dreamy film portrayals of youth, sexuality and femininity, follow her Instagram.
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.
Shepard Fairey - Blurring the Boundary Between Traditional and Commercial Art
An American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene, Shepard Fairey is best known for his Obey series, a street art project and an experiment in phenomenology.
Expanding on the legacies of artists such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, Fairey blurs the boundary between traditional and commercial art through type and image, communicating his unique brand of social critique. From T-shirts to murals to prints, his Instagram is filled with his signature style, as well as videos of his process.
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.
Kenny Scharf - The Practice Full of Color
Kenny Scharf is known for his ambitious, cartoon-like installations and paintings. Gaining prominence in New York City’s East Village art scene in the 1980s, he often collaborated with artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Scharf’s fun, colorful work is both a nod to the future and a reference to past art historical movements such as Pop and Surrealism. From photos of him hotboxing Richard Serra’s Vortex sculpture, to tons of images of his trippy characters, his Instagram perfectly reflects his colorful, eye-popping output.
Martin Parr - The Chronicler of Our Times
A true chronicler of our age, Martin Parr has been exploring the concepts of leisure, consumption, and communication for several decades. Dealing with these subjects with criticism, seduction and humor, he creates photographs that so perceptively show us not only how we live, but also how we present ourselves to others.
Parr welcomes all of the different platforms for photography and their proliferation. His Instagram feed features old and new projects, with his distinct vigor and wit.
Ai Weiwei - The Artist and Activist
A Chinese contemporary artist and activist, Ai Weiwei works to expand the definition of art to include new forms of social engagement. Famed for his tongue in cheek criticisms and battles with Chinese state where he is viewed as a threat to “harmonious society”, he calls attention to human rights violations on an epic scale.
He is also one of the earliest conceptual artists to use social media – Instagram and Twitter, in particular – as one of his primary media. Sharing everything from funny selfies to starting political photo trends on Instagram, he maintains a public profile to reveal the true social power of social media.
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.
Olafur Eliasson - Creating Immersive Environments
An Icelandic-Danish artist, Olafur Eliasson strives to make concerns of art relevant to society at large. The mesmerizing art he makes is about responsibility. Through architectural projects and interventions in the public space, he engages the broader public sphere.
Concerned with the environment and its safety, he uses natural elements such as light, water, air temperature and fog with makeshift technical devices to transform museum galleries and public areas into immersive environments. Alongside his own work, his Instagram feed shows work of his fellow artists as well as snippets of talks and workshops.
Pixel Pancho - A Friend of Robots
Anish Kapoor - An Influential Sculptor
Creating brave and adventures sculptural forms, Anish Kapoor is regarded as one of the most influential sculptors of his generation. Maneuvering between various scales, materials and spaces, his work is distinguished by its boundless capacity to reinvent artistic language, in its monumental dimension as in its more intimate one.
Defying easy definition, his art resonates with mystery, reality, and sensibility of mythic proportions His Instagram feed features old favorites, current exhibitions and new proposals, so be sure to follow it.