Favorite Artists List of 10 Stunning Surrealist Artists from the Modern Era
Surrealism is an art form that came about in the 1920s. The artists that we typically think of as being surrealist artists are the people who created works in that era and became famous for the work that they did. Salvador Dali, Man Ray and Joan Miro are all artists who are well-known for the work that they did in the Surrealist style. Many people name each of them as their favorite artist.
However there are other modern contemporary artists who are still making surrealist art today in the twenty-first century. This art is magical, attention-getting, fantastical, beautiful and fun to look at. The tools that these artists use may differ from those used by the original Surrealist artists but the effect is at least (if not more so) as visually appealing as the work that came from that bygone era.
Take a look at this famous artists list of ten modern artists known for their surrealistic approach to art:
1. Marco Escobedo
I have to confess that the idea for this hub came from a recent Weburbanist article on the artist Marco Escobedo. This was an artist that I hadn't been aware of in spite of the fact that I am a huge fan of surrealist art. When I saw the link to the article on him in my Google Reader, I knew I had to follow it. I was happily rewarded with an exploration of the terrific work of this one amazing artist that I didn't already know. He is a digital artist who takes the tools provided by PhotoShop and turns up the volume to make surrealistic photos that are stunning to behold. He's not working in the same medium as most famous surrealist artists from the past but he's producing work that rivals theirs in both beauty and technical skill. And he is now a favorite artist of mine.
2. George Grie
George Grie is considered a key player in the neo-surrealist movement which is the name for the modern art movement that is based on the original surrealist art from the 1920s. He does digital art in both 2D and 3D formats. Photo-realism is another term frequently associated with this artist. I tend to find a lot of his work to be a bit on the darker side although I wouldn't say that it's truly macabre.
3. Corey Tate
Corey Tate is an artist who works in a variety of different mediums to create works of art that fall into the surrealist category. These mediums not only include multiple types of photography but also range from pen-and-ink drawings to contemporary sound installations. These works of art combine a personal perception of the modern urban world with a collection of images from dreams to create a surrealist set of images. Wow!
4. Kris Kuski
This artist is a multi-media artist who creates really cool three-dimensional products such as artistic toys for kids. Kris Kuksi actually recycles old toys and puts them together to create these new toys that are fantastical, magical, frightening and fun. He also does drawings, paintings and various sculptures. Many of his pieces are dark but he also has some magically light and colorful pieces within his collection of surrealist art. This combination of light and dark makes him a favorite artist of many people.
5. Frank Picini
If the kind of surrealist art that you like verges on the dark and pensive then you'll probably take a liking to modern surrealist artist Frank Picini. The subtitle of his website is "the darkness craves a mind" which tells you what some of the work is all about. He uses a variety of different tech tools to create modern art that gives you a glimpse into the interesting world inside of his mind.
6. Greg Drasler
Looking for something a little bit on the lighter side? One of the best modern artists doing fun-loving, brightly-colored surrealist paintings today is Greg Drasler. His work was discussed a bit in a 1991 New York Times article on seven different modern-day surrealist artists who had participated in a show together. He takes a creative, flirty approach to his work and gives the viewer something to really muse on and appreciate while smiling in front of his canvases.
7. Laurie Lipton
Many of the surrealist artists that get attention are male artists. This was true back in the first era of surrealist art and it remains true today. However there are a lot of female surrealist artists from both then and now. One of the hottest contemporary women in the world of surrealism today is Laurie Lipton. She also stands out as the very first person to graduate with a Fine Arts degree in drawing from Carnegie-Mellon. Her work is done in black and white and her perspective on the world is a strange one that manifests itself well in the form of surrealist art. This surrealist artist is a favorite artist of many women interested in surrealism.
8. Carrie Ann Baade
The conversation about modern female surrealist artists always mentions Laurie Lipton and often also always mentions Carrie Ann Baade. She is a professor of painting at Florida State University and a painter herself. Take a look at her website and you'll see her work described as edgy and intellectual which is an apt description of what she does. You'll also see a photo of the artist which hints at an appreciation for the style of modern women of the past - the kind of women who probably adored the first surrealist artists to enter the world. Magical!
9. Shahla Rosa
Perhaps my favorite female artist who is working in surrealism today is Shahla Rose. Her goal is to use her artwork to bring peace and harmony to the world around her. This is achieved by the beauty of her work. It is truly magical, based in beautiful fantasies and vivid imagery. I feel like you can truly see the energy moving through her pictures. What I really love is how intricate and detailed her work is - she fits so much in to one painting and gives you a lot to look at in each piece.
10. Wendy Seller
The first artist whose work was recognized as being created in the neo-surrealist style was actually a woman: Wendy Seller. It was the mid-1990s when the paintings that she was making were dubbed neosurrealist which was the beginning of the new movement in contemporary surrealism. Her work incorporates a lot of images from nature and brings them together in a magically pretty manner. She, too, is a favorite artist of mine.
Neo-surrealism vs. surrealism
A quick note to point out that there are some differences between surrealism and neo-surrealism but I've included them both together here in the form of contemporary surrealism. They have many of the same characteristics. The main difference is that there were more rules and strictness surrounding the form and style of early surrealism whereas surrealism today incorporates many different formats, materials, approaches and topics.