Learn about the most popular contemporary artists of the moment!

Many art lovers are interested in contemporary works these days and are buying figurative oil paintings, self-portraits and abstract artworks. There are many geniuses in modern art but not all of them are successful. Some are better known than others...

Gerhard Richter

This artist was born in Germany in 1932. He has been known in the contemporary art world since the 1980s and is famous for his love of the abstract style. He acquired his knowledge of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany, and has been one of the leading contemporary artists. One of his most expensive works sold for over $36 million. This shows that he is one of the most important figures in contemporary art. Moreover, he shares his knowledge in art schools.

Martial Raysse

Martial Raysse was born in 1936 in Golfe-Juan in the Alpes-Maritimes. He held an exhibition with Jean Cocteau in 1958. He then went to the United States where he produced paintings that took on the characteristics of the pop art movement. For a while, he made paintings belonging to the New Realists movement. But it was not long before he left this movement for the one that interested him. This contemporary artist is one of the most renowned in the world of modern art. Martial Raysse also has a talent for sculpture. The artist has specialised in sculptures made from plastic objects that people use in everyday life. His main objective is to make people aware of the fact that the world today is facing overconsumption.

Yan Pei Ming

Yan Pei-Ming was born in Shanghai in 1960. He immigrated to France at the age of 20 leaving China's Cultural Revolution behind. He studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, France. He also took courses at the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques in Paris. He had the opportunity to live at the Villa Medici in Rome where he developed his talent for contemporary art. Yan Pei-Ming is a contemporary artist who has succeeded in mastering his own art, particularly that of portraiture. He usually uses large canvases and his favourite subjects are people who are often in the news. During Barack Obama's presidency, he painted a portrait of him that has proved to be one of his most striking works to date.
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