These 16 Painters Under 40 You Should Know – See Now

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.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, The Twain Shall Meet, 2015, acrylic, transfers on paper, 243.84 x 312.42 cm, © Njideka Akunyili Crosby, courtesy artist, Victoria Miro & David Zwirner. Photo: Joshua White Photography.

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.

Christina Quarles, All I Need is the Air I Breathe, 2020, oil on canvas, 142 x 152 cm, Defarse Collection.

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.

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In addition to paintings, he also expresses himself in sculpture and performance, in which his own body becomes the starting point.

Antonio Obá, Stranger fruits – genealogia, 2020, oil on canvas, 180 x 200 cm, courtesy of the Art & Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brussels & New York. Photo: Bruno Leo.

4. Untran

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.

Anh Trần, Sky Quest for Dreams (A Pool in the Rain), 2022, Oil paint, acrylic paint, spray paint, flash paint on canvas, 244 x 366 cm, Courtesy the artist & Gallery Fons Welders, Amsterdam. Photo: Sonia Mangiappane.

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.

Sanya Kantarovsky, Wet Hands, 2015, oil, pastel, watercolor, oil chalk on canvas, 190.5 x 139.7 x 3.4 cm, Raf Simons Collection, Belgium.

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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