I’m not an expert at all when we talk about modern visual arts but I have my own opinion on this matter.
As far as I can see, it’s quite popular nowadays to stigmatize contemporary art as being “too strange”, “too simple”, “too shallow”, and many other “too”. Such people pretend to be grand connoisseurs of Rembrandt, Da Vinci and Michelangelo. However, I don’t think that the only fact that their paintings are old and well-known neither makes them great nor makes other works not deserve any attention.
Personally, I find classical art boring. Old people in dark clothes, oil portraits, dying flowers and old skulls do not provoke any feeling in my soul. Honestly, I do not understand how anybody can love such things.
I would like to present to you some of my favorite artists.
- Roberto Ferri
The only classical painter I can bear. He’s a contemporary Italian artist who uses ancient roman tradition in his works. His art is very passionate and full of eros, so a traditional mask does not hide its true soul.
- Andy Warhol
Another artist, which I love very much. He is, undoubtedly, one of the most hated and criticized authors of all times. When you look at his works, what do you see? A can of Campbell soup, Marilyn Monroe’s face, a banana? People usually say, “What the heck is that?” and go away.
I think that’s brilliant. That’s exactly what the author wanted to show: a modern society of consumerism, which wants to get everything fast. Food, communication, entertainment, satisfaction, esthetics – everything is on your fingertips. We don’t have time to reflect on simple things and to get into closer details about such useless things like art. Of course, it’s just my humble opinion but something tells me that I might be right.
I’m not saying that Andy Warhol was a profound philosopher. Probably, he didn’t realize how relevant and unusual his art was, like many other great artists. He has achieved an impressive commercial success, which repels some people even more.
- Leonid Afremov
Another living painter that I like. He was born in Belarus but lives in the USA now. He finished an artist school, which was found by rather controversial modern artists Chagall and Kandinsky. They had well-developed techniques each and encouraged their students to experiment.
Afremov’s works are unlike everything you have ever seen before. He uses oil and a palette knife to create broad expressive strokes. For example, his famous rodeo artwork here. It’s so vivid and full of life! That’s what art should be like, I believe: bright and inspiring to live and love.