Without doubt, contemporary artists have gifted the world with a wide range of their masterpieces, which cut across the various genres of art. Highly reputed sculptors, photographers, painters, and performance artists have deployed the full range of their skills to make the contemporary age a very beautiful time to live. The long list of these great men and women include the following five;
1. Marina Abramovic
Marina is fondly referred to as the grandmother of all performance art. She was born in 1946 in Serbia where she began grooming her talent in art before she moved to Amsterdam and later to New York. Marina pioneered unique notions of identity, which entailed testing the limits of the body and the mind and learning to confront pain during her performances.
Some of her most famous works include Cleaning The Mirror, Seven Easy Pieces, and The Artist is Present. Exploring the elements of ritual and gesture was part of her enduring interests in art. Throughout her performances, Abramovic explored and manipulated the connection between the performer and the audience. Abramovic currently lives in New York.
2. Jean-Michel Basquiat
The contemporary world knows Jean-Michel Basquiat as one of the highly talented grafitti artists who amazed his admirers with very energetic epigrams. Basquiat was born in 1960 in Brooklyn and grew up with a strong passion for art. His ability to combine the influences of street art movements, hip hop, and post-punk is what made him stand above his peers.
Basquiat basked in the international limelight in the late 1980s when he began exhibiting some of his outstanding paintings in museums and galleries around the world. He is widely regarded as one of America’s most influential neo-expressionist painters of the contemporary age. He died in 1988 at the age of 27 in Manhattan, New York.
3. Carl Andre
Carl Andre is a highly distinguished American minimalist artist who is well known for his spectacular sculptures that are uniquely ordered in linear and grid formats. Some of his greatest works include Stone Field Sculpture, Lament for the Children, 144 Lead Square, and Twenty-fifth Steel Cardinal.
Apart from his great contribution to minimalist art, Andre was a passionate poet and essayist who explored on various subjects of general interest. He was born in 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts and lives in the United States. He is highly reputed for his depth of insight and elaborate detail, which mark him out as one of the most celebrated contemporary artists.
4. Vito Acconci
Vito Hannibal Acconci is a highly gifted American landscape architect and performance artists. He is also an accomplished performance artist who is ever willing to step beyond the conventions of the genres to reward the world with new styles and exciting techniques. Vito was born in the 1940 in the Bronx, New York.
Some of his contemporary masterpieces include Face of the Earth, City of Words, and Crash. His admirers appreciate his capacity to engage ordinary subjects in the most extraordinary forms, particularly in the area of sculpting. He is one of the leading luminaries of the contemporary times who has shown a fantastic kind of imagination.
5. Gerhard Richter
Richter is a reputed German visual artist who produces amazing abstract and photorealistic paintings. Apart from his paintings, Richter has impressed the contemporary world of art with his glass pieces and impressive photographs. He was born in 1932 in Dresden, Germany.
As an artist, Richter has proved his versatility by exploring different forms of art including conceptual, contemporary, modern, and abstract forms. He belongs to a crop of contemporary artists who are ever willing to combine various influences in order to achieve unique art that straddle historical, cultural, and geographical influences.