After Instagram, it’s time to review Facebook pages of ten selected artists. Overall conclusion is that artists use Facebook mainly to inform their fans about upcoming exhibitions, latest projects and recently completed works. However, some artists create and share "behind the scenes" photos in addition to contributing personal observations about the arts and the surroundings. Using social media in a such an engaged sense, makes the artist's facebook page a much more of an interesting place for other people. Let’s take a look at the 10 pages we selected for you!
Franco Fasoli, commonly known as JAZ, is one of Argentina’s most talented street artists in the business. Jaz’s artwork is defined by tension. Most of his paintings feature fighting scenes inspired by Mexican ‘lucha libre’. On his Facebook page, you can follow what the artist is currently working on and where his exhibitions are taking place, but the artist does not post a lot of pictures on his profile page.
The Australian street artist Fintan Magee is fast becoming a global sensation. Starting out as a graffiti artist, Magee soon outgrew lettering and moved on to large murals. Oh yes, really large! Magee’s magical artworks span buildings and streets utilizing every available surface. Magee mixes surreal and figurative imagery creating very inspirational paintings that often touch upon negative aspects of the current world. You can fully enjoy his art through the media of Facebook, since the artist constantly shares the latest works with his fans, much like an artist's blog would.
Through street campaigns, design, fine art, murals, and collaborations, the two-man collective deals with the questions of life, duality, and the human condition in a very unique and stylish way. With each new work, CYRCLE. seem to create even more of a wow factor. If you follow their Facebook profile, you get all the interesting back-stories and works in a process they post for review. Their page is very informative, fun and engaging for every fan, as it should be.
Spanish urban artist Sr. X draws inspiration from pop culture films, publicity and urban legends, expressed through stencils, paste-ups or installations. His creations usually contain a tone of irony, sharp humor and social criticism. Sr. X also experiments with mixing street art techniques and the more traditional ones such as acrylics, oil and collage in his studio, bringing his canvas creations one step further with a more elaborated process. Sr. X joined Facebook relatively recently, and so far, his page has been very dynamic.
The South African graffiti artist, Faith47, is known for her socially engaged murals. Faith47's early work was inspired primarily by the social realities in her country. In later work, the human relationships with animals and nature are the themes that are more recurring. Apart from sharing her latest thought-provoking works, Faith47 uses Facebook to point out the social realities in her country through moving documentary photography.
Alexis Diaz, a native of Puerto Rico, practices a thorough technique of engraving, preferably monochromatic, creating enormous murals populated by phantasmagoric animals. Diaz uses color only to emphasize his highly detailed drawings, populated by phantasmagoric animals. He prefers wild animals, which he marvelously blends in, replacing wings or fins with human hands or paws with tentacles, creating fantastic and surreal works. You can see Many of Diaz’s incredible pieces on the artist's Facebook page.
Agostino Iacurci’s distinctive style and imagery were largely determined by his training as an illustrator. This becomes visible in polychromatic characters and flat geometric shapes, often multi-layered. Iacurci’s static images actually contain a distinct narrative power, open to various levels of reading. On his Facebook page, you’ll get information about his recent work and current exhibitions.
JR always seems to be involved with new projects, but still he finds time to post and share the work in progress and back-story atmosphere on his profile page. Given that JR is primarily an amazing photographer, numerous life-affirming moments shared on his Facebook page represent a pure visual delight for every art fan. He takes his followers across the world, allowing them to take a peek behind the scenes.
Daniel Arsham’s Facebook page brings a lot of photographs of the artist's magnificent interpretations of various items, on top of the usual information about his current projects. However, if you follow Arsham's page more carefully, you’ll see that the artist often suggests which exhibitions to see, primarily by artists whom Arsham personally admires the most. Every post is very interesting and informative.
A figurehead for the Craftivism movement, Carrie Reichardt uses murals, ceramics, screen-printing and graphic design to create her work. She is often called upon to speak on the use of craft and art as protest. Reichardt is best known for her anarchic crockery, where vintage floral, kitsch, royal and religious crockery is given a new twist by re-firing with layers of new ceramic decals. They are modified in a "radical use of traditional things", along with skulls, cheeky slogans and political statements. On her Facebook page, Carrie generously shares photos of her newest pieces or work in progress from her mosaic-covered studio in London, The Treatment Rooms, making her profile very appealing to all people from the business and fans alike.