I’m a self-taught contemporary, realist portrait artist. My mediums of choice are colored pencil, graphite, and charcoal. Even though my drawings feature my friends and family members they ultimately tell the story of me.
Location: Texas, United States
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Gemma Di Grazia (@gemmadigrazia)
My representational paintings are a celebration of color, light and form. The compositions exhibit formal aesthetic elements, and using soft pastels, I use a luminous and vibrant color palette that transform the formal foundation into an exciting and dynamic rendering. The work seeks to evoke the life-affirming beauty inherent in the natural world, and reveal what is extraordinary in the familiar. Ultimately, it’s not the subject matter that interests me, it's the tone, the gesture, color, light, scale and composition, that continue to absorb and inspire.
In order to understand a thing’s relevance, we need its adverse or adjacent-other to compare it to. My paintings reside in this flux - romanticism overlapping progress - in order to understand how the photo functions as cultural memory.
In my paintings, I reappropriate traditional techniques by deconstructing current understanding and meaning to better gain new and different usages.
Echoing the printer, I use only four colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The work develops in the same manner as a print, left to right. The finished product hangs like a movie screen, slightly swaying when a person walks by, disrupting its ether.
Jodi Gerbi (@jodi1234)
I paint resilience but not always through the depiction of the figure. My oil paintings are realistic portrayals of the garbage, trash cans and drain pipes as a way to convey the idea that humans are often required to find something beautiful in a hard situation in order to keep going. The ability of a human being to do this is the essence of resilience.
John Dalton (@john_dalton)
Artist & Writer - Kerry, Ireland
Art podcast - gently does it . . .
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Jeffrey Bess (@jeffbessart)
painter / graphic designer
Donna Bates (@dbatesart)
Kathrin Longhurst (@kathrinlonghurst)
raised behind the Berlin Wall, traveled the world, now artist/painter in Sydney Australia
Candice Chovanec (@candicechovanec)
Candice Chovanec was born in 1984, and has lived most her life in Southern California. In 2008, she completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design and in 2017 she completed her MFA in from California State University, Fullerton. Candice has won numerous awards and exhibited in group shows throughout the United States. Her work has shown at RJD Gallery in New York, Principle Gallery in Charleston, and the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. In 2017, she was awarded “Best in Show” from Alyssa Monks at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art and First Place in the Non-Commissioned Portrait Category from the Portrait Society of America. S
Lorena Pugh is a mid-career realist painter who works in oils and gouache.
Known most recently for her sensual and diaphanous pears in tissue paper paintings, she is currently working on a show focusing on Narragansett Bay and it’s tributaries.
Judith Peck (@judithepeck)
Judith Peck is an allegorical figurative artist living in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Stephanie Deshpande (@stephaniedesh)
Stephanie Deshpande is a representational painter living in northern New Jersey. She is best known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings. Her work combines her love of realism with personal allegories. She creates paintings that unearth hidden emotions and capture the quiet drama of the world around her.
Deshpande graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Painting and continued her studies at the New York Academy of Art earning her MFA. She is represented by Haynes Galleries in the U.S. and by Arundel Contemporary in West Sussex, England.
Tanya Atanasova Visual Arts (@tanyaatanasovavisualarts)
Since her graduation from the National Academy of art in Sofia, Tanya Atanasova has worked in several different media: painting, ceramics, sculptures and installations… She grew up in an environment where different artistic disciplines were in constant interaction. But although she has been drawing and painting all her life , she has only discovered her great passion for oil painting in 2016. Inspired, after visiting the studios/taking masterclasses by some of her most favorite contemporary artists - she decided to become a full time painter. . Dedicated to big size non-traditional portraits, she started weaving her waythrough contemporary realism.
Astrid Ritmeester (@astridritmeester)
Astrid Ritmeester is a Dutch realist portrait artist.
Kathleen Carr (@carrfineart)
Kathleen is an award winning contemporary representational artist. Her narrative paintings are radiant with feminine beauty; capturing the soulful expressions of her sitters and revealing their inner world. The viewer is also drawn into a narrative through stunning details such as the convincing rendering of birds, flowers, translucent and lace fabrics and damask patterns. The artist seeks to create work with a timeless aesthetic yet thoroughly contemporary.
Cindy Rizza (@cindyrizza)
Native to Maine, Cindy Rizza is a classically trained, representational oil painter with her BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Her iconic representations of nostalgia summon conflicting feelings of comfort and loneliness, hope and foreboding, and of life and loss. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including a finalist at the Art Renewal Center 2016 Salon, the Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, and most recently Second Prize at the 9th Annual Lore Degenstein National Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition. Her work is collected internationally. Cindy lives and works in Southern New Hampshire.
Nanci France-Vaz (@nancifrance)
Modern Romantic Realist fusing classical with contemporary. Humanity via the narrative with cinematic effects is my intent.
Sharon Pomales Tousey (@sharonpomalesart)
Sharon Pomales is a realist contemporary artist, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since moving to Bay Village,Ohio in 2012 she has exhibited at various galleries, institutions, and museums nationwide. Her work can be found in collections across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Sharon is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists, International Guild of Realism, Allied Artists of America, and is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society.
Her work is represented by Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lorena Kloosterboer (@lorenakloosterboer)
I'm a Dutch-Argentine realist painter and author, currently working in Antwerp, Belgium.
Heidi Elbers (@heidielbers)
Originally from New Orleans, I moved to NYC 10 years ago for graduate school and to bring some of that NOLA spice to NYC. Upon receiving my MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2010, I moved to Bushwick (Brooklyn) where I maintain an active studio practice. I'm a painter of people and a curator of exhibitions (specifically, the Director of Exhibitions at the New York Academy of Art).
Nadine Robbins (@nadinerobbinsart)
My paintings tell the stories of ordinary people from all walks of life paired with a sense of defiance and irreverence for societal norms.
Aixa Oliveras (@aixa_oliveras)
Aixa Oliveras is a contemporary symbolist painter who creates symbolic narratives based on her own life. Working within the realm of classical realism, Aixa’s work pairs the female figure with pattern and symbolic use of color. Through her oil paintings and charcoal drawings, Aixa creates metaphorical narratives of rebirth and identity. Inspired by the Symbolist and Art Nouveau movements, as well as the warmth and color of her Caribbean birthplace, these influences intermingle in her work, thus creating her own pictorial language. Originally from Puerto Rico, Aixa is currently teaching and developing her studio practice in Laguna Beach, CA.
Shannon Fannin (@shanfannin)
I paint vehicles realistically. Many think of our cars and bikes as appliances, but I consider them mobile sculptures that reflect our personality. My paintings capture some of that personality with the vehicles from our past, or those we dream of one day driving.
Brianna Lee (@briannaleefineart)
•Imaginative Realist & Fine Portrait Artist • Can't live without chocolate and coffee ☕️
Dianne Gall (@diannegall)
Visual Artist-Painter-Contemporary Realism based in Australia
Alessandro Tomassetti (@sosayssandro)
Classically trained in art. Un-classically trained in everything else. Barcelona-based.