I’m totally obsessed with visual culture, particularly the way women of color are embracing their roots, exploring new mediums, and capturing the essence of an intersectional human condition. There are truly some amazing creators out there and the great thing about instagram, is how accessible their work is to people all over the world. But if you’re stuck in an instagram bubble, (as most of us are) it can be tough to break out of. Here is our list of photographers, illustrators, fine artists and mixed media gals that you should know about.
Gabriella Sanchez’s work is visually chaotic and deals with issues of the blurred Mexican American identity. Last year Sanchez held two solo exhibits in Los Angeles. The first at the Mexican Consulate opening March 23, 2018 and the second show opened at Charlie James Gallery July 2018.
Charlotte Allingham’s is a Melbourne based artist whose artwork is a combination of her own contemporary style blended with her roots in the Aboriginal Wiragjuri artistic tradition. Her illustrations are really interesting and original.
You may have seen her work floating around the internet, Harmonia Rosales’ artwork explores themes of colonization and the Afro Latin diaspora. She creates scenes of ideological conflict within the Afro Cuban, Indigenous and American experience though her stunning, beautifully detailed portraits.
Mo’s portraits capture women existing luminously. Her eye is on point and her composition is flawless. There is a warmth and a familiarity in her subjects that makes you feel a part of something rather than simply viewing it passively.
Manjit Thapp is an UK based artist you’ve definitely seen around, her work has appeared in Hello Giggles, Bustle and Urban Outfitters just to name a few. She also illustrated The Little Book of Feminist Saints. Her style is distinctive and her subjects are usually WOC, which I love.
Hiba Schahbaz is a Brooklyn-based artist who was born and raised in Pakistan. Her work is steeped in the centuries-old traditional Indo-Persian painting technique, and with it she explores what it means to be a woman creating visual stories with the female form.
Daniela Rojas is a visual artist and photographer, as well as the creative director and singer of Femina-X. Her work uses heavy religious and indigenous iconography. She creates futuristic images that are both beautifully provocative and grotesque.
Ana Serrano is an East LA native who creates small barrios out of cardboard and paint. Her work examines themes of community, respectability, tradition and what it means to be Mexican-American. Her show “Homegrown” was at Pasadena Museum of California Art this past summer and ran until June 3, 2018.
Gabriella’s subjects are celestial beings. I like her work because the women she illustrates always have some sort of psychedelic spiritual component.