Contemporary Artists and Painters

Art in the contemporary era is an exciting fusion of ground-breaking innovation with established and traditional artistic techniques. Part of the exhilarating modern art experience is that contemporary painting, sculpture and fine art is now open to new ideas that people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds are contributing to including the distinctness and inspiration of the contemporary art scene.

Take a look at some of the best artists and painters in the modern era:

Damien Hirst

Mention contemporary artists and painters and the name Damien Hirst immediately springs to mind. This world-renowned British artist is undoubtedly the most prominent member of a group of artists known as the Young British Artists, who dominated the British art scene during the 1990s.

Part of Hirst’s uniqueness and exclusivity stems from a controversial theme that runs throughout much of his works – death. Dead animals are regular subjects of this influential painter’s work, such as his 14-foot depiction of a tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in Hirst’s iconic painting ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.’

Damien Hirst is one of the most influential of contemporary artists with his inimitable work managing to weave its tapestry in a many a young and inspiring artist’s paintbrush.

Franco Beraldo

Franco BelardoThe history of art is, in many ways, also the history of Italian art and this expressive nation has justifying been cited as being the contemporary art capital of Western Europe. Since prehistoric times art has developed and evolved on the Italian peninsula and such a profound commitment to creating the very best of fine art does not disappear overnight.

One of the most influential of contemporary painters in Italy is Franco Beraldo who was born in 1944 in the tiny of Meolo in the rural Italy. Beraldo took many of his influences not only from the scenic inspiration from his journeys to southern Italy, particularly Sicily, but also from the legendary contemporary painter Guido Carrer.

Similar to many of the most talented, unique and influential modern artists in existence today, Franco Beraldo has been awarded with many recognitions and awards, including the highly regarded Burano Award in 1981.

Pablo Picasso

Picasso skull and PitcherWhen you have earned the title of being a contemporary artist that “all other artists had to reckon with”, any literature about contemporary painters would not be complete without a mention of Pablo Picasso.

The prolific Spanish painter created more than 22,000 works of art throughout his lifetime. Although what made Picasso particularly influential and admired within the contemporary art spectre, was his unrivalled ability to produce art in an array of experimental styles within different artistic forms.

Georges BraqueAlongside Georges Braque, this iconic contemporary artist was best known for founding Cubism, an experimental artistic expression that has gone on to inspire many of the world’s most famous and talented modern artists.

When we talk about which single artist has influenced and contributed the most to the many art movements of the twentieth century, you would be hard pushed to not agree that it was Pablo Picasso.

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