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Most Influential Artists of All Time

Many great artists draw inspiration from their inner sentiments, thus allowing them to effectively express themselves in many ways through their art. These great artists tend to influence other artists as well. Their great talent makes them the best models or source of inspiration. Here is a list of the most influential artists of all time.

1. Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo Da Vinci has mastered the creation of portraits, as evidenced by his most famous work, the Mona Lisa. But more than being an artist, he is also a humanist and a scientist. He was able to integrate all the areas where he was an expert of in each one of his masterpieces. And that’s the main reason why he is so successful and influential.

2. Pablo Picasso

Picasso 1

Known as the modern-day painter, Picasso gave a whole new dimension to art history. He is a very ambitious and creative painter, which allowed him to start the Avante Garde movement. But he didn’t stop at the things he was able to create. Instead, he went full speed ahead and surpassed all the artists he himself has regarded as masters.

3. Rembradnt Van Rijn

Rembrandt

Rembrandt was very influential because of the way he uses light and shadows in his works. And those lights and shadows are reflections of his life. He was the master of self-portraits, not to mention of Dutch and European painting as well. Rembrandt will forever be remembered as the greatest artist of the 17th century.

4. Claude Monet

Claude Monet

Claude Monet painted in a manner, style and league of his own. His works are oftentimes misunderstood and misinterpreted. However, he claimed that his complex art techniques should never be a subject of scrutiny. There’s no necessity to understand his works, as he only wanted people to appreciate and love it. While Claude Monet is one of the most underrated artists of his generation, he remains to be one of the most influential artists to date.

5. Vincent Van Gogh

Vicent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is very famous and very influential not only because he’s a great artist, but also because of what he had experienced and suffered as a person. All his works are very personal, why is the reason why many artists have decided to follow his style.

6. Raphael

Raphael

Raphael is the type of artist whom you’ll either hate or love. But though there were a lot of criticisms about his work, he wasn’t about to stop what he was doing. He continued creating the kind of art that he knew, and then went on to become one of the most notable artists of the Renaissance period. He was a master of drawing and color, which a lot of future artists have tried to integrate into their own works.

7. Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is another modern-day artist who was very brilliant at what he does. He created the Pop Art movement, a concept that was never thought of before. With his talent and his His works made him an icon of contemporary art.

Most Visited Art Museums in the World

Art museums are established to make sure that people are always remembered by the beauty and the true purpose of art. Many notable artists have their works safely nestled in the many art museums of the world, thus making them easily accessible to those who want to see and appreciate them. Here is a list of the popular art museums in the world, basing on its annual visits.

1. The Louvre

Annual Visitor Count: > 9 Million

The Louvre museum in paris - front view The Louvre in Paris, which is where the many works of Leonardo Da Vinci and other great artists of the world are kept, welcomes over 9 million visitors annually. It is also one of the world’s largest museums. Over 35,000 art pieces from the prehistoric to the modern times are kept in its building area of over 650,000 square feet.

2. The British Museum

Annual Visitor Count: > 6.5 Million

British Museum Dome The British Museum is a museum dedicated to the arts, culture, and human history. Located in London, it stores almost 8 million pieces of objects, making it one of the most visited museums in the UK. The museum charges no entrance fees, except for the loaned exhibitions that it features from time to time.

3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Annual Visitor Count: > 6.2 Million

Metropolitan Museum of the Art Located in New York City, this is the largest art museum in the US. With over 2 million artworks on display, the museum has to be divided into 17 curatorial departments so as to be managed properly. The building in Central Park is one of the largest art galleries in the world.

4. The National Gallery

Annual Visitor Count: > 6 Million

National Gallery of Art Also in London, the National Gallery stores over 2,300 paintings from the 13th century to 1900. It ranks next to the British Museum when it comes to popularity. This museum in Trafalgar Square is open to the public free of charge.

5. Vatican Museums

Annual Visitor Count: > 5 Million

Vatican Museum The artworks displayed at the Vatican Museums are built up by the popes throughout the centuries. Most of the pieces here came from the Renaissance period. It is also where you can see and appreciate the very famous work by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. There are many pieces created by Raphael on display.

6. Tate Modern

Annual Visitor Count: > 4.8 Million

Tate Modern The Tate Modern gallery located in London features contemporary or modern-day artworks. It is where the British artwork collections from 1900 to the present time are kept. This museum is one of the five Tate Museums of London, such as Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate Online.

7. National Palace Museum

Annual Visitor Count: > 4.5 Million

National Palace Museum facade Probably the only well-visit museum in the East, the National Palace Museum is owned by the Republic of China, although it is located in Taiwan. The art on display at this museum are mostly imperial artifacts that came from the ancient Chinese periods or dynasties. Some of the pieces here are estimated to be over 10,000 years old.

Famous Artists with Notorious Reputation

Artists describe themselves as free beings. They allow themselves to be creative and express their thoughts and ideas in any way that they desire. And even if they are faced with the harshest of critics, these people, in the name of art, will continue to do what they do best – add the color, style and aesthetics that the world needed the most. However, some artists tend to go overboard with their creative freedom and lifestyle that they had greatly influenced their reputation. Here’s a list of artists who may have to live with a bad name.

1. Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock Action Painting Jackson Pollock was one of the most famous Expressionist artists of all time. However, he is also known as a hard-drinking and chain-smoking artist. With his volatile personality, Jackson Pollock has struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In fact, he has to live in a barn and to isolate himself and fight off his natural inclination to drink too much.

2. Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera with Frida Kahlo Otherwise known as Frida Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera was a Mexican painter who is tagged as a notorious womanizer. He wasn’t that good-looking, but his charisma is enough to make women fall in love with him. This Mexican mural painter whose fresco works are still well celebrated up to this time has lived a tempestuous married life that inspired the story of the film ‘Frida’.

3. Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol If admitting that you are gay taints your reputation, Andy Warhol tried his best to wield it with all his might. Call it unlucky to have been born in a time when being a homosexual is not yet a well-accepted idea. Even so, Warhol has successfully used whatever he was and all that he feels to make his works as celebrated as they have become. In his early years, Warhol submitted homoerotic drawings of male nudes, which were outwardly rejected by the fine art gallery because they were deemed too gay for their taste.

4. Pablo Picasso

Picasso 1 Spanish painter Pablo Picasso was very affectionate with women, and two of the women he had a passionate relationship with he married. However, he became known for leaving his current wife in favor of a younger one. He tends to keep several mistresses as well. One of his youngest women he has had an affair with was Marie Therese Walter, a 17-year-old gal. He had a daughter with her but never married her. She succumbed to suicide four days after his death.

5. Caravaggio

Caravaggio An Italian painter, Caravaggio is one of the most famous painters of Rome from 1600 to 1606. However, many historians describe him as an irascible and violent man. Having lived in an era where wars were common, he was classified as someone who is quick to draw his sword. He was an out-of-control, belligerent man who is very close to being a psychopath. One of his famous paintings is that of “David with the Head of Goliath”, which could be proof to his notorious personality.

The Best Tattoos Inspired by Classic Art

Tattoos are considered as an art form. They are widely accepted as a method of artistic expression that uses one’s body as the canvas. And when classic art and tattoo meet, the result is extraordinary. Here are some of the best tattoos that depict the famous works of known artists.

1. Pablo Picasso’s Guernica

Guernica Tattoo Pablo Picasso

Spanish painter Pablo Picasso has contributed a number of paintings for the world to appreciate. And one of his most celebrated works is the Guernica. Incidentally, it is also among the most replicated tattoo of all time. As a matter of fact, even Twilight actress Kristen Stewart has part of the painting tattooed on her arm. The Guernica depicts Picasso’s take on the Spanish Civil War.

2. Leonardo’s Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa Tattoo

The mysterious smile of Mona Lisa is something that even tattoo artists can’t ignore. It can’t be denied that there are simply too many tattoo fans and artists that were charmed by her. As a result, they have decided to replicate her face, and at times the entire portrait, on their back, shoulders, or butt. However, this is one of those tattoos that only real artists can create.

3. Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel

Marcel Duchamp Tattoo

Marcel Duchamp is among the modern artists whose installations and ready-mades became well celebrated. One of them is his work he called as the ‘Bicylce Wheel’. It’s an installation where a single bicycle wheel, was fasted to a kitchen stool in an inverted manner. He said he created this art to fulfill his happy idea to see the wheel turn. Such an art became very famous in the world of tattoos as well.

4. Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait

Andy Warhol Tattoo

Although he has created several of celebrity portraits that made him famous, Andy Warhol’s self portrait remained to be one of the most popular subjects of tattoos. Sure there are tattoos created like his version of Marilyn Monroe. But since he is a world famous pop art icon, many artists chose to pay homage to his works by inking his face in the bodies of their subjects. Andy Warhol’s fans can only be too willing.

5. Raphael’s Saint Michael

Raphael Tattoo

Raphael, without doubt, is one of the most popular Renaissance artists. Duplicating any of his work on a tattoo is definitely going to be a very difficult feat. One of his famous paintings is that of the St. Michael. Though filled with intricate details, a handful of very talented tattoo artists have successfully turned such a painting into a very fascinating angel tattoo.

6. Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night

Another very popular painting – so popular that it has got a song in honor of it – was Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. This painting has inspired a lot of people from different places and in different ways. As such, may tattoo artists took cue and faced head on the challenge to paint their subject’s body in an ink as blue as the sky, in a portrait that is as beautiful as the night. Vincent Van Gogh has definitely touched the heart of millions of people with this artwork.

Most Admired Art Installations of All Time

Art installations are among the most interesting artworks that every person can readily appreciate. Needless to say, these works explicitly show its artist’s creative imagination. A few of the most admired art installations of all time are as follows:

1. Real Life Transformer

Real Life Transformers

French artist Guillaume Reymond may just be the biggest fan of the Transformers yet. He brought together 18 different kinds of vehicles to come up with what he refers to as the ‘Real-Life Transformer’ art installation. This installation is best viewed from the sky, of course.

2. Intersections

Intersections

‘Intersections’ is a very interesting art installation from artist Anila Quayyum Agha of Pakistan, which is nothing more than a dramatic display of shadows using just a single light bulb. Her work is comprised of a wood cube with laser-cut patterns. When the cube is illuminated from the inside, it casts expansive lace-like geometrics onto the floors, ceilings, and walls around it.

3. The Fallen

The Fallen

The 9,000 human silhouettes of this art installation were created by Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss in honor of the International Peace Day. The silhouettes were created in memory of the WWII Normandy landing of June 6, 1944. The artists chose to do it to give tribute to the lives that were lost. And to remind the newer generations of the things that happen in the absence of peace.

4. From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes

From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes

Nice homes are always a beauty to behold. But not in this one crafted by British designer Alex Chinneck. More than just beauty, this one is a very interesting work of art. He took a four-story residence in Margate, England and designed its brick facade to look like it is sliding off the front side of the building. This eye-catching art installation took one full year to create.

5. Flame

Flames

Fluorescent bulbs were placed on top of each other in this art installation by Yochai Mato, a Tel Aviv-based artist. He particularly placed the bulbs in the middle of the forest to bring out the stark contrast between the natural surroundings and the man-made tubes.

6. Ocean Atlas

Ocean Atlas

Jason Decaires Taylor submerged 60-ton sculpture that he calls as the ‘Ocean Atlas’. Inspired by the Titan, his version was that of a local Caribbean youth looking through the ocean ceiling. This was the largest sculpture inserted into an underwater landscape.

7. Infinity Mirrored Room

Infinity Mirrored Room

This art installation composed of millions of multi-colored LED lights illuminating the floors to the ceilings is made by Yayoi Kusama. The effect? The room seems like it goes on for eternity. Kusama has created a very similar installation at the Tate Modern Museum, and another one at the Whitney Museum of Art, which he called as the ‘Fireflies on the Water’.

8. Door Installation

Door Installation

This dramatic door installation created by Shaun George at the North Grand Pre in Nova Scotia doesn’t fail to awe its audience. The doors were installed in the middle of a field and against the gorgeous blue horizon.

Top Artworks of Native American Printmakers

Artworks can be traced back from the olden times, right through the era of the cavemen and Native Americans. In Native America, printmakers have created numerous artworks from the ancient times that became well celebrated today. Here are some of the most notable artworks created by Native American printmakers and artists:

1. Haida Totem Pole

Haida Totem Pole This pole is made as a landmark at the Thunderbird Park in Skidegate, British Columbia. The Haida tribe, which made the totem, is composed of the indigenous people from North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast. This pole is made of intricate carvings of people heads, who are highly associated to the tribe’s elite family lineage.

2. Dresden Codex

Dresden Codex Created by the Mayas, this distinctive code and work of art was created during the 12th century. Incidentally, it is also a historic piece used by American historians. The artwork came in 39 sheets of stone carvings, which is believed to be a manuscript of some sort. This masterpiece is currently displayed at the Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany.

3. Bighorn Sheep Caravan Petroglyph

Sheep Petroglyph Found in Moab, Utah, the petroglyph depicts a caravan of sheep believed to be created by prehistoric people. The artwork was created by carving, incising and engraving. It was believed that such a petroglyph has either a cultural or religious significance.

4. Coso Rock Art

Coso sheep At the Coso Rock Art district in California, over 100,000 petroglyphs of Paleo-Indian tribes can be viewed. It is for such a reason why this area in the Coso Range has been renamed as the Coso Rock Art District. The site was hailed as one of the national historic landmarks of the United States.

5. Columbia Hills Petroglyph

Columbia Hills Petroglyphs These petroglyps found at the Columbian River Gorge near The Dalles also contain remarkable pieces of Native American art. At the Temani Pesh-wa Trail, there lies a good collection of petroglyphs that were saved from the waters of the Dalles Dam. The site also contains pictographs, including the most famous one entitled, “She Who Watches.”

6. Inuksuk

Inuksuk The Inuksuk is a stone landmark built by Native Americans from the North American region. Several pieces of these artworks were distributed from Alaska all the way to Greenland. It was believed that these cairns were used as a marker of tribesmen who are traveling, fishing, camping, or hunting.

7. Chilkat Blanket

Chilkat blanket Aside from carvings and totems, Native American artists also make artworks on fabric. A good example is the Chilkat Blanket worn by high-ranking tribal members from the Northwest Coast of Alaska. The blanket is made by the weavers from the tribes of Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida.

8. Haida Argillite Carving

Haida argillite carving This sculpture currently displayed at the National Museum of the American India is a showcase of the Haida tribe’s talent in carving. These art pieces were handcrafted from the black gems of Haida Gwaii. Some of the pieces were made into jewelry or accessories. These are just a few of the distinct pieces of artwork from the Native Americans. This only proves that their tribe is very rich in culture – culture that is not meant to be forgotten by humankind.

Most Viewed Paintings in the World

There are paintings that are admired because of how mysterious it looks, or the technicality behind the art, or the back story of the painting or simply because of its genius creator. Paintings are expressions turned to a work of art. Each person may see a different meaning and we may interpret a painting in varying perspectives and appreciation. Even with varying art opinions, there are some paintings that really set the bar among the rest and are world-famous all over the globe. Here is a list of the top ten most viewed paintings in the world.

1. Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

The famous and mysterious Mona Lisa is painted by the great Leonardo Da Vinci between the years 1503 to 1519. There are many theories and stories that go with this painting. It is said to be a portrait of Mona Lisa, an art commissioned by a wealthy clan from Florence. Other says it is a self-portrait of Da Vinci. It is now displayed in Louvre, Paris and is one of the most visited pieces of art in the entire city.

2. Starry Night

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Can you actually believe that the genius Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime? The painting Starry Night was painted in the year 1889 and it tells a story of a quaint village in Saint Remy with an endearing night sky as viewed from an asylum. This painting is now visited by people all over the world in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

3. The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Another fabulous artwork from Leonardo Da Vinci is the Last Supper. This is a mural painting that now sits on the dining hall wall of the Santa Maria delle Grazie in the city of Milan. It is probably the most original and most popular depiction of the Jesus Christ and his twelve disciples during their last supper together before Christ’s crucifixion. He started this masterpiece in the year 1495 and completed it in the year 1498.

4. Creation of Adam

Creation of Adam

A masterpiece by Michaelangelo, Creation of Adam is a very detailed painting that can be viewed from above the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. It took the artists from 1508 to 1512 to complete this marvelous piece of art.

5. The Scream

The Scream

Edvard Munch artwork involves pastels, paints and cardboard. The painting depicts a man screaming in pain against a psychedelic sky, a bridge and the sea. This is now displayed at the National Gallery in the city of Oslo, Norway.

6. The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory

Salvador Dali painted this work of art in the year 1931. It is said to be inspired by Theory of Relativity by Einstein. It involves around the significance of time in one’s life. It is now proudly showcased in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, USA.

7. Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring

The mysterious look of this painting is very well-loved all around the globe. The artist behind it, Johannes Vermeer, created it as a tronie (not a full portrait). The look of the lady eyes is so expressive and is one of the many components that make this painting very attractive and amazing. It is now part of the Mauritshuis Gallery in Netherlands.

8. The Night Watch

The Night Watch

Rendered by Rembrandt van Rijn, this painting tells a story of two city guards. It is very detailed and done in a low night light that makes it appear very intriguing and very realistic. This is now displayed among the many works of Rembrandt in the Rembrandt Museum in the Amsterdam.

9. Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Claude Monet’s painting is a world famous art piece that is one of the 250 oil paintings that the artist once lined up in his garden of flowers in Giverny. His own garden inspired him in a lot of his art pieces. It looks simple to the naked eye but is actually very technical and detailed.  Monet is also suffering from cataract when he created his paintings. The Monet paintings are sprinkled in famed museums all over the globe.

10. Guernica

Guernica

The genius Pablo Picasso breath life to this painting that is now on display at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. It depicts of the tragedies of the Spanish Civil War and has become one of the most historical pieces of artwork from this primed artist.

Coachella 2015 Art Festival California

Coachella 2015

The two-week Coachella 2015 Music and Art exhibit is its most ambitious one yet. The event attracted the likes of Justin Bieber and other famous personalities. However, they were not the highlights of the event. What took center stage were the beautiful art installations that were specially created for the exhibit, more particularly the big, colorful butterfly with wings is lit up at night.

Thousands of people took part in this recently concluded festival in Indio, California. There were 14 art installations to admire, not to mention several electronic DJs and indie rockers adding to all the fun. The festivities run during the first two weekends of April. The April 10-12 weekend has been concluded. Guests are anticipating the April 17-19 leg of the festivities.

Aside from the huge butterfly installation that stole show, the art other notable installations were ‘A Festo Vitae’, which is a marble Portuguese Marble Cat exhibit and ‘The Corporate Headquarters’, which are actors dressed up in suits role playing inside the office and on their desk and throwing papers around.

Visit the Coachella2015 art festival and witness spectacular shows, events, fun, and celebrations.

Art Competition ‘Why Self’ Call for Entries

Why Self Art Competition

It’s LIQUID Group is calling all interested artists from all over the world to submit their works for the ‘Why Self’ art competition to be held in Venice, Italy on May 9, 2015. This contest is organized in collaboration with International ArtExpo. Media acceptable for the contest include paintings, photo works, installations, experimental video art works, and performance art works.

The full title of the art competition goes ‘Why Self – Adventures of Social Identities’. The theme focuses on the festival Self that is to be held at the Venice Art House and the Venice at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi art galleries. The opening of the exhibit will commence on May 9, 2015 and will run all the way to November 2015.

The exhibit will also give artists the chance to organize private meetings with their audience and share their personal and art experiences with them. There will also be art residencies, workshops, talks, live dance, art performances, and DJ sets throughout the exhibit run.

For more information on the rules and how to submit artworks, please visit the art competition’s organizer’s website here. Deadline of submission is on April 20, 2015.

2015 Art Exhibit ‘Hybrid Effects’ Begins April 14

Hybrid Effects Art Exhibit



All roads lead to Palazza Radetzky in Milan, Italy as the latest ‘Hybrid Effects’ Art Exhibit will be unveiled. The new exhibit’s theme is From Solid Body to Liquid Cities, which will be officially open on April 14, 2015.



Val Orizzazioni Culturali brings to art aficionados this art exhibit of architecture, photography, design, performance art and video art. It will be unveiled in time with the opening of the ‘Salone del Mobile’ international fair. The art exhibit will run for only five days, as it will end on April 19, 2015.



This art exhibit will be shown in conjunction with another related exhibit entitled Future Identities – Bodies. Places. Space. Spectators will be given the chance to enjoy not just one but two enriching art galleries from the same place at the same time.
A preview of the exhibition will be made available on April 13, 2015. This will be a free entry event that will be accessible from 10 am to 6pm. The exhibit is made possible by the collaboration of It’s Liquid Group and International ArtExpo.

For individuals who can’t come to Milan but would like to follow the live events may visit the organizer’s Facebook page here.

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