Unfortunately, the saying, “You only appreciate something when it is gone.”, is true. Usually, people remember and appreciate artists and their work when they are dead and no longer alive. We know many artists who already passed away like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michael Angelo, Van Gogh, etc. The artworks of these artists are loved and known today.
On the bright side, thanks to modern technology and a new appreciation for the arts, there are several current artists featured and recognized. Nowadays, there are large platforms where modern artists can showcase their works. Here are some famous modern artists that are highly valued who still live and work today.
If you guys love manga and comics, you will love this Japanese artist named Takashi Murakami. His art style uses flowery and vibrant images inspired by Manga scenes. He is also one of the leading figures in the Japanese Neo-pop movement, and his works are highly rated and unique in that it goes beyond Asian borders.
The highest-paid female artist, Jenny Saville, recently sold one of her works entitled Propelled was sold for $12.4 million. She has high mastery in drawing bodies that can rival sculptors.
This British painter, David Hockney, became the highest-paid living artist. He is currently a leading figure in contemporary art, and many people admire his beautiful landscape paintings filled with vibrant colors. He genuinely deserves his title.
Another Japanese contemporary artist, Yayoi Kusama, and her signature dots conquered the art world. Her art is unique and memorable. Her art style is a result of a childhood mental illness where she hallucinates. Her experience motivated and inspired her artworks.
One of the highest-paid artists today, Jeff Koon, this stockbroker turned artist, is full of controversies. Although his artworks are famous, he was often criticized by many due to his unusual way of doing art. He has a studio where other people help him with his art, thus making the ownership questionable.
This Chinese born artist, Ai Weiwei, is one of the most influential figures in the art scene. His art is not only for expressing his own emotions but also fights for a cause. He blatantly opposes the Chinese government and its action that violates human rights.
As an Afro- American, Kara Walker is fearless in voicing her opinion regarding sensitive themes and socio-political problems like racism and slavery. Her art became a voice for people who suffer from discrimination and injustice. She uses dark silhouette cut-outs to convey her message.
It is really a shame that previous great artists were underappreciated and was treated badly. That their works were just reaching fame and appreciate years after they were gone. In this time, artists will never be forgotten. Thanks to today’s technology and the evolution of arts, artists are given the recognition they deserve even before they pass away. These artists deserve all the recognition they get because of their talents that show in the masterpieces they create.