Maryam Eivazi

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.


Alia Ahmad

Alia Ahmad is a 24-year-old Saudi Arabian painter (b.1996). Having graduated in 2018 from Kings College London with a BA in Digital Culture, she started to focus on research in Fine Art. Recently graduated with a Masters from the Royal College of Art, Alia concentrates on painting but uses a range of media to narrate the way that memory, place and landscape can converge within a written and visual practice.


Atta Kwami

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.



John Walker

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.

Carmen Anzano

Carmen sees the world “as ‘shapes and threads’, elements from which she continues to weave new shapes and emotions. She interlaces string, thread and ribbon to generate surfaces with which she articulates spaces and configures a cosmos of lines and dynamic tensions. These lineal frameworks dominate together with a colour scheme at times vivid, intense and energetic, at others harmonious, subtle and mysterious.



Bonolo Kavula

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.



Richard Smith

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 Akhavan

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.