Art, regardless of its form, can invoke opinions, stir emotions, and inspire ideas. It’s not only limited to the paintings of Renaissance artists, graffiti, ancient crafts, digital art collections, art museums, and photo exhibits. Art is everywhere, and it has been around since time immemorial.
Over the years, the world has seen countless painters, sculptors, and other artists. Today, there are a handful of notable artists who are not only experts in their crafts but also well-known for their advocacies. Here are some examples of the most amazing artists of the century.
Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing, China. He is a contemporary artist who collaborated with Swiss architects to build the Beijing National Stadium which was used in the 2008 Olympics. Aside from the stadium, he also created other masterpieces such as the Sunflower Seeds and Marble Chair. He is a strong critique of their government. Sometime in 2011, he got arrested in Beijing. Hundreds of his supporters and art colleagues rallied behind his back. Eighty-one days after his arrest, he was freed. He and his loved ones now live in Berlin.
Itchiku is a world-acclaimed Japanese textile artist. His unique approach to his craft and his dedication to bringing back an ancient dyeing technique has gained him international fame. His masterpiece, the Symphony of Light, is a collection comprised of 80 pieces of hand-painted kimonos. When placed side by side, the kimonos show the changing colors during each season. A few years after Itchiku died, the International Chodiev foundation acquired all the pieces of the collection. Today, the Chodiev collection of Kubotas is showcased in various countries.
Wolfgang is a photographer from Germany. He has an impressive portfolio of photographs that showcases his surroundings. Aside from his photos, he also receives recognition for his brilliant videos. Because he contracted AIDS, he focused on raising awareness of the disease. One of his most notable photographs is entitled 17 Years’ Supply.
The Guerrilla Girls is a group of female artists. The members wear gorilla masks when they make a public appearance. They firmly believe that by staying anonymous, their audience can focus on the message of their art installations. Some of their popular art installations include Beyond the Streets, Is It Even Worse in Europe? and Grafica. The trio campaign against human rights violations, corruption and racism.
Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh is a South Korean sculptor known for his sophisticated pieces such as Fallen Star, Unsung Founders, Staircase-III, and The Perfect Home. His masterpieces are found in various museums in the world, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Los Angeles.
Leandro is known for his mind-boggling artworks. His art installations defy logic and challenge the human perception. He is a Buenos Aires-born conceptual artist who specializes in creating life-size masterpieces. Two of his famous works are the Swimming Pool and the Daiston House which are found in New York and London, respectively.
Have you seen the Chodiev collection of Kubotas? How about the Daiston House installation of Erlich? The artists enumerated above have brilliant art installations, and you can find them scattered all around the globe.