Despite the digital images they grew up with, they chose painting. They combine ancient techniques with contemporary stories. These 16 artists are under the age of 40 and are absolute international bests. Their work can be seen in the ‘Brave New World’ exhibition at the Musee de Fundati in Swollen.
This generation of artists sees painting and the world in a new way. They stay close to home in their work, but keep a keen eye on the world around them. We highlight five of the sixteen painters that can be found at De Fundatie in Zwolle.
1. Njitheka Akunili Crosby
Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Nigeria, 1983) creates paintings based on collages and photographs. He was born in Nigeria, works in Los Angeles and both worlds are reflected in his work.
The scenes in his artwork are directly inspired by his own experiences and memories. For example, a family photo from Nigeria can be mixed with the interior of his own apartment.
2. Christina Quarles
The work of Christina Quarles (USA, 1985) is inspired by her everyday experiences around identity. She describes herself as a queer, cis woman, born to a black father and a white mother.
Through her paintings she likes to question and challenge assumptions and personal judgments about sexuality, race and gender identities. She does this by depicting an irregular body in excess. Her view is that too much gives room for contradictions, where too little information leads to ambiguity.
3. Antonio Oba
The works of Antonio Oba (Brazil, 1983) focus on the relationship between religion, power and social identity. He explores ritual, but is also concerned with political issues such as the impact of colonialism and slavery on Brazil today.
In addition to paintings, he also expresses himself in sculpture and performance, in which his own body becomes the starting point.
Anh Trần’s abstract works (New Zealand / Vietnam, 1989) revolve around visibility and invisibility. As a Vietnamese artist working in the Western world, he is both insider and outsider.
Trần’s works are based on spontaneous energy and feelings. He uses various painting methods and materials.
5. Sanya Kantarovsky
Sanya Kantarovsky (Russia, 1982) was born in Moscow, but currently lives in New York. His works have a dark humor that pushes the private space into the public realm. Figures are exposed, viewed or poked.
Also worth watching: Louis Fratino (USA, 1993), Raquel van Haver (Netherlands, 1989), Loy Hollowell (USA, 1983), Guj Jie (China, 1983), Melik Kara (Germany, 1985), Neo Matloka (South Africa , 1993), Christina Quarles (US, 1985), Marina Ringants (Brazil, 1983), Avery Singer (US, 1987), Salman Toor (Pakistan, 1983), Issy Wood (UK, 1993) and Portia Swawahera (Zimbabwe) 1985 ).
Now in view! At the Musee de Fundée
Want to see more? Margret Schaumaker, art director of the Amsterdam Museum, must see now! The work of sixteen young, international painters at the De Fundati Museum in Swollen.
Now in view! See you on Wednesday April 5, 2023 at 9:10pm at AVROTROS NPO 2.
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