Top 5 Artists to watch during Art Basel
Monday, November 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM | Marina Dojchinov
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By Christina Berke
 
 
Art Basel is the epitome of glitz, glamour, and art. Founded in 1970 by Ernst Beyeler, Trudi Bruckner and Balz Hilt, it has grown from a small idea on the cutting room floor, to immaculate execution with thousands of international artists and galleries showcasing their collections. With so much going on it’s hard to know what to see first. We have taken the guesswork out of the equation, and put together the top 5 must see artists who are taking over Miami (and the world) one brush stroke at a time.

 

Eddy Bogaert. 

 
 

A New-York based artist using mixed media, Bogaert uses bright colors against dark canvases to emphasize contrasting elements and to symbolize the longing humans feel. “My paintings often insert beautiful women buried in the overall context of the scene and they are there because I feel they add humanity to the abstract soul of my work.”

More info: http://www.eddybogaert.com/blog/ 

 

Hamra Abbas.  

 
 

A native of Kuwait, Abbas recreates everyday images focusing on her experiences from middle-class religious practices, both in private and public spaces. “Unrestrained by subject matter or media, she takes an investigative approach to produce a diverse and holistic body of work addressing notions of cultural history, sexuality, violence, ornamentation, devotion and faith.”

More info: http://www.lawrieshabibi.com/artists/59-hamra-abbas/overview/ 

 

Li Huayi. 

 
 

 

Huayi began to learn traditional ink painting through private lessons at the age of six. His journey continued as he focused on historical and cultural sites, as well as religious paintings. Combining traditional and abstract elements, Huayi created his signature style: “that style, with grand mountains filling his compositions, recalls the monumental landscapes of the Northern Song period.”

More info: http://www.kwaifunghin.com/artists/28-li-huayi/overview/ 

 

Kiri Dalena. 

 
 

Visual artist and filmmaker Dalena is known for her social justice-based pieces and human rights activism. Focusing on her home country of the Philippines, she uses photographs that are then digitally altered to highlight “cultural impunity.”

More info: http://www.1335mabini.com/biographykiri-dalena/ 

 

Irene Chou. 

 
 

Born in Shanghai but raised in Hong Kong, Chou studied traditional Chinese painting before experimenting with more abstract ideas. Her work focuses on the complexities of the human mind and its relation to the expansive universe. She passed away in 2011.

More info: http://www.ipreciation.com/irene-chou-周綠雲/ 

 

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