If art is visual poetry then contemporary fine artist Shanequa Gay is the Virgil of the 21st century. She has her paintbrush on the pulse of the people. Embedded into the essence and fiber of her work are stories of community. An Atlanta native and alum of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Georgia State University, a key element of Gay’s multifaceted work is hybridity. She told Georgia State University Magazine that, “Atlanta culture as a whole is a hybrid, and as Americans, we’re all a mesh of things.” 

In the game of chess the queen can move across the board any way she sees fit. It might be straight forward when she comes at you directly with no small talk and lets you know what time it is.
Her approach could be diagonal when she moves right pass a barrier in order to get the job done. Sometimes she has to take a step backward return to the drawing board, and re-evaluate the plan. 

No matter her direction, every step she takes, every move she makes is calculated and premeditated.

Often times many people feel powerless to create real change, and they find themselves doing little to create a world they want to live in. Samanta Tello told the Jewish News of Northern California,“I felt that I could at least do my part with regards to the goings on in this political climate. That at least I was doing something with my art.”

There are two sides to every story according to Cayce Zavaglia, including her subjects. As a classically trained painter and embroidery artist, she stitches handmade portraits out of yarn. Her work illustrates a person the same way a sketch artist can create a court scene with colored pencils and a sketch pad. 

“Art has single-handedly changed my life and the way I live it. It is like love, you make it what you want. It makes you feel things you can’t always describe; so you’re left to just relish in the beauty of it,” Mellissa A. Mitchell told BLACK GIRLS WHO PAINT

If shock value was worth money, Australian graffiti artist Lush would be rolling in  dough. With graphic scenes of genitalia, ripped heads, and breasts, Lush has managed to offend more than half of the Australian population. For over 12 years, he’s been plastering the street with his obscene art and he’s more than proud of it. “It’s the ultimate self-gratification, f*ck jerking off, it’s just a lot better to hear random people talk about you and say the most outrageous shit,” he told Acclaim magazine

Nature is one of the most popular topics to include in artwork. From breath-taking landscapes to even the simplest of things like a tree or an insect, nature has always been a source of inspiration for many artists. There are so many ways to enhance a  lively nature scene. Martyna Zoltaszek has accomplished this in many of her beautiful and captivating pieces.

Have you ever wondered what a curator thinks about when preparing for an art show? How does she get everyone on the same accord? How is she able to articulate her vision to the artists involved—and put on a successful showcase? 

Greg Breda is a contemplative spirit, and the Los Angeles based artist uses his portraiture to channel viewers to momentarily inhibit that same energy. His art channels the viewer to respect the peace of what would normally be seen as dull and mundane. Breda transforms that which is ordinary into an extraordinary, spiritual beauty.