Trending Artists 2021

Trending Artists 2021

The previous year has brought unprecedented changes not only to the art industry, but to the consumer at large. After the chaos of 2020 unleashed by Covid19, there was great hope for the year ahead. The truth is that face-to-face events have returned, but always incorporating the distances required due to the pandemic. In 2021, the realm of crypto-based NFTs dominated everyone's attention and signaled hope for the future of the Craft. Online sales from major auction houses such as Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips have achieved exponential growth compared to previous years. There has been an increase in sales and confidence in operations - as confidence in technology has grown, driven by need - and an ever-increasing demographic of buyers under the age of 40, as well as a rise in new art collectors. Find out in this article what were the biggest trends in 2021.

1. Bordalo II
Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (1987), known as Bordalo II, became famous for using street litter to create stunning animal sculptures, with the purpose of warning people about pollution and all kinds of endangered species. extinction. From street art he developed his practice, evolving into what is now considered «trash art». His passion for painting dates back to his childhood, when he spent hours on end watching his grandfather paint in his atelier and also due to the underworld of the city of Lisbon - strongly influenced at the time by the practices of graffiti. He began spraying walls in the streets at the age of 11, with the artistic name Bordalo II, in honor and highlighting the artistic legacy of his grandfather Artur Real Bordalo (1925-2017). In the painting course at the Academia de Belas Artes in Lisbon, he discovered sculpture, ceramics and began experimenting with the most diverse materials. Since 2012, Artur Bordalo has created around two hundred animal sculptures using more than 60 tons of recycled materials. The objects that were once abandoned - the plates, the tires, the doors - in the hands of Bordalo II acquire an aesthetic and communicative function, in the shape of animals. The Portuguese artist wants to represent in his works an image of nature, based on what destroys them - garbage, waste and pollution, clearly expressing a critique of consumerism and offering a sustainable solution. Its “Big Trash Animals” installations, scattered around the world - public or museum - cry out about the need for socio-ecological sustainability. On the streets of his hometown, a series of works, ”Provocative” and “Train Tracks”, interact with urban fabric and furniture, presenting a new critical look at society, its stakeholders and constraints. These small, ephemeral interventions seek to be a vehicle of communication and awareness through art, thus addressing diverse themes, such as pollution, exploitation of women, media sensationalism, connectivity and control, among others. Learn more about the Portuguese artist in the article Bordalo II, the ecological artist .

Bordalo ll | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

2. Manuel Cargaleiro
The Portuguese artist Manuel Cargaleiro created a striking language in the artistic world by combining ceramics and painting, through games between color, light and shadow. His works are strongly characterized by the use of geometry and abstract language, tending to be non-figurative. The spontaneous and dynamic brushstrokes with vibrant colors overlap the form, reducing the formality that characterizes the geometric elements. THE The exploration of color is one of the main features of his work, as it reveals feelings and creates different spaces in a single composition. The influence of the traditional Portuguese tile is noted, through the repetition of the quadrilaterals and the use of colors such as blue and white. In addition to painting and ceramics, Manuel Cargaleiro also explored drawing, sculpture, tapestry and engraving.

Manuel Cargaleiro | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

3. Vhil
One of the leading artists of the movement of urban art ( street art ), Alexandre Farto (1987), better known as Vhils continues to evolve and boost your style to carve large scale faces of anonymous figures in order to reveal the layers hidden inferiors and the fragility of urban space. He appeared on the art scene in 2008, creating a revolution, through his innovative artistic practice, in which destruction is a form of construction. He became an international phenomenon, mainly for his mural works in the public space, honoring José Saramago, Zeca Afonso, among others. The area where he grew up, Seixal, an industrial suburb across the river from Lisbon (Portugal), profoundly influenced the practice by the changes brought about by the intense urban development, in the 1980s and 1990. As Bordallo II , Banksy and Jean- Michel Basquiat , it was in the streets that the basis for his initial artistic production was formed, eventually projecting his perceptions of the outside world through his creative acts. He often carves faces in public spaces - on the sides of buildings - with a variety of tools and materials that can leave a mark or remove materials, including hammers, drills, etching acid, bleach and explosives. In addition to mural sculpture, he has also been exploring other media such as serigraphy, installation and other supports, such as advertising posters, wooden doors and metal plates that he collects from the streets.

Vhils | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

4. Júlio Orchard
In constant movement and creation, Júlio Pomar (1926-2018) is one of the most renowned Portuguese artists of the 20th century. During his long creative journey, he addressed issues and themes in his works, such as: protest, eroticism, fado, bullfighting, literature, mythology, the Xingu Indians of Brazil, D. Quixote, portraits and animals. Belonging to the third generation of modernists, Júlio Pomar is an artist whose works range from neorealism to expressionism, passing through abstractionism . He produced mainly paintings and drawings, but he also carried out works of engraving, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, glass, tapestry, collages, theater scenography and wall decoration in tile. In the last years of his life, he also devoted himself to poetry and music. Learn more about the artist in the articles Júlio Pomar's Animals , The Portrait of the Worker in Art and 5 artists to discover spring

Julio Orchard | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

5. Seixas Cruise
The Portuguese artist Cruzeiro Seixas was one of the great names of surrealism in Portugal, recurrently promoting this artistic aesthetic. In his vast artistic production, he explored various techniques and supports, and went through several stages, from expressionism to neo-realism, to surrealism. His drawings, paintings and sculptures integrated the metaphysical landscapes of Giorgio de Chirico and the metamorphic figurations of Salvador Dalí, thus transmitting a constant poetic and plastic freedom. Through the contrasts between blacks and whites, he developed a very personal imaginary universe. He dreamed and imagined, without aesthetic or moral impositions, in the world of plastic art, but also of poetry.

Seixas Cruise | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

6. João Cutileiro
With a new vision of sculptural practice, João Cutileiro marked the history of Portuguese art by transforming the artistic and cultural landscape of this country. From the end of the 1950s onwards, his marble works, marked by experimentalism, eroticism, nature and national history, demonstrate the Portuguese public space. «Dom Sebastião de Lagos» (1973) and the monument to the 25th of April, at the top of Eduardo VII Park, in Lisbon, are two sculptures that marked the artistic and political career of João Cutileiro. In addition to the public space, his works were exhibited in several museum spaces and national and international biennials, such as the Unikat-Galerie, in Wuppertal, Germany, at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London, at the Lagos Museum (1978), at the XV International Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil (1979), among others. Learn more about the artist in the article As Meninas de João Cutileiro

João Cutileiro | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

7. Paula Rego
Introducing expressive, profound and ambiguous elements into her works, Paula Rego (1935) gained recognition as one of the greatest artists of our time, both nationally and internationally. From abstractionism to conceptualism, his pieces are part of a figurative field of their own: «the beautiful grotesque». In surreal compositions with a cruelty - both subtle and explicit - the Portuguese artist demonstrates her own imagination, the brutality of Portuguese folk tales, dysfunctional family relationships, political systems and social structures. Women and girls are put in the foreground, and animals often replace humans. Between life and art, Paula Rego demonstrates her concerns and convictions, as an example of this, the production of the series entitled «Aborto» for agreeing with the decriminalization of the voluntary interruption of pregnancy.

Paula Rego | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

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