Maryam Eivazi lives and works in Milan, Italy. Graduating from Tehran’s Faculty of Art and Architecture University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in painting and continuing her education in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in 2012 at the same university, she went to the Academy of Fine Arts (Bologna, Italy) in 2014 to obtain her Master’s in Visual Arts.
Larry Ossei-Mensah predicts to Artsy that abstraction by artists of color will become even more prominent in 2023. The genre, Ossei-Mensah believes, is essential to shifting the public’s belief that artists of color should only make representational work that is immediately legible. He refers to Atta.
Born in Birmingham, England in 1939, John Walker was educated at the Birmingham School of Art and Académie de la Grande Chaudière, Paris. In 1976 he was awarded the John Moores Painting Prize, represented England in the 1972 Venice Biennale, was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1985. Since then, he has gone on to receive numerous awards and honors and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art recently organized From Low Tide to High Tide to highlight his work.
Artforum notes that Bonolo decided early in her career what she did not want her art practice to be about: the political burden of being a Black woman in South Africa. Born in 1992, the artist found that most of the art history she encountered in her country was charged with the discourses of racial and cultural identity politics. Since her time studying at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, Kavula has been determined to play and experiment with form.
If readers find the broader conversation about abstraction in the hands of Black creatives interesting, you should look at Artsy’s ’23 curator outlook in which Larry Ossei-Mensah predicts that abstraction by artists of color will become even more prominent in 2023.
Lizzie is currently studying at the Royal Academy Schools and is due to graduate in 2024. For the past six years she has made small-scale abstract paintings on metal supports. Jillian Knipe at Instantloveland covers Lizzie in Abstraction in the Now Part IV.
Richard Smith, CBE (27 October 1931 – 15 April 2016) was an English painter and printmaker. Smith produced work in a range of styles, and is credited with extending the field of painting through his shaped, sculptural canvases. A key figure in the British development of Pop Art, Smith was chosen to represent Britain in the 1970 Venice Biennale.
Anahita is an Iranian-Canadian painter and visual art educator based in Toronto. She takes influence in her work from memories of Iran and the cultural signifiers of her homeland in relation to her new adopted home of Canada. She seeks to create a dialogue between immigration and identity that is inspired by the cultural richness and the deep spiritual belief behind Iranian art and architecture.