Chris Boyko paints bizarre, strange, and unusual works. Each painting represents a hidden reality from the artist’s subconscious. These representations skirt the boundaries of surrealism and abstraction. Form and shape emerge from the paint. Nearly recognizable and figurative, yet remaining alien, beyond reach, ambiguous. Shapes or sculptures resemble figures or images found in wisps of smoke […]
Contemporary Surrealistic Painting
Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface (support base). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous.
Painting is one of the most versatile mediums in visual art. It is also a highly personal medium. Painting styles are as varied and idiosyncratic as the artists themselves.
And so it is with surrealistic painting.
Contemporary surrealistic painting ranges from the nearly photographic dreamscapes of Jacek Yerka and Mark Ryden, to the abstract surrealism of Mohammad Zaza, from scribbles on linen to highly detailed horror artists like HR Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński, to visionary artists like Alex Grey and Rudolf Hausner attempting to visualize the spiritual world or religious experience.
Oils by Argentinean artist Ruben Cukier About Ruben Cukier Born and raised in Buenos Aires in 1964, Cukier chooses colors and shades that reveal a yearning for a less superficial, less deceptive reality. The forms, dimensions and colors give shape to dreams and nightmares, and even allude to a notion of hope. Humor is used […]
“My ongoing body of work involves the visual interpretation of cliches, euphemisms, and idioms. There has been a fascination for me going back years involving various formations within the English language. There are so many peculiar and quirky phrases which have been calling out to be put into visual form. In many cases, I can […]
Mohammad Zaza, Syrian artist, was born in Riyadh in 1987. Growing up in an artistic family, he started drawing and painting at an early age. After completing high school in Saudi Arabia, he moved to Syria in 2006 to study at the faculty of Fine Arts in Aleppo University. He held his first solo exhibition […]
Travis Louie Artist Statement Travis Louie’s paintings come from the tiny little drawings and many writings in his journals. He has created his own imaginary world that is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times. It is inhabited by human oddities, mythical beings, and otherworldly characters who appear to have had their formal portraits taken to mark […]
Medusawolf (A. E. Brown) Biography I grew up near the woods & discovered the world was a weird mystery. I learned I loved to draw. Years later, I went to Delaware College of Art & Design where I learned I loved to paint. Today I draw & paint the weirdness the world makes me see […]
Rob Kirbyson conceives visceral, often surreal ideas and renders them carefully and precisely with acrylic and oil paints, inks and pencils. The process goes through pencil sketches, color pencil renderings, sometimes to software mock up and then finally to paint. There are no happy accidents. Inspiration is usually borne existentially from within although Rob also […]
Nicola Samori examines the theme of obsession from a number of different perspectives: that of the human body, religion, science, and the obsession of the artist with his own work. In his new paintings and sculptures he references art historical and biblical representations of ‘the healing of the possessed’. Examples of such associations are […]
Mario Martinez (MARS-1) paints painstakingly detailed psychedelic/visionary artwork inspired by biology, mysticism, and architecture. The work is abstract and non-figurative, and tends to have a somewhat limited color palette. I’m not sure whether the artist would appreciate a comparison with Alex Grey. Although they are in the same solar system, the two artists are also as […]
Micah Ofstedahl paints what appear to be abstract surrealism. But the paintings are inspired by discoveries of science such as single-cell organisms, the structure of a bee’s eye, or anatomy at the cellular level. These are subjects that biology and microbiology continue to explore, from the neurons in our brains to the fabric of the universe. In this sense, Ofstedahl’s paintings […]