5 Trending Artists Grabbing the Attention of the Artnet Gallery Network This August

These artists, hailing from Israel to Mexico, are garnering attention this month.

Raffi Kalenderian, Leslie and Sharkey (2023). Courtesy of Miles McEnery Gallery, New York.

On the Artnet Gallery Network, there are always new galleries and artists to discover. You can easily explore thousands of galleries and their art, artists, and exhibitions from around the world and either find exactly what you are looking for or be surprised by something new all from your computer.

Here, we’ve collected five artists represented by galleries featured on the Artnet Gallery Network that have caught our eye this summer—hailing from Senegal to the United States, Mexico to Israel. And this is only a small selection of the immensely diverse range of thousands of artists and galleries that can be found through a few simple clicks on the Artnet Gallery Network. And be sure to keep an eye out for our next top five artists to watch, as we are always on the lookout for intriguing and interesting artists and exhibitions.

Susan Vecsey at Berry Campbell

Susan Vecsey, Untitled (Gray) (2022). Courtesy of Berry Campbell, New York.

Based between New York City and East Hampton, Susan Vecsey (b. 1971) creates highly atmospheric poured-paint abstracts that frequently evoke landscapes or other views of the natural world. On view through August 13, Vecsey is the subject of a solo show, “Day and Night,” with Berry Campbell Gallery in New York. The show highlights her artistic process, adapted from Color Field painting techniques. Featuring the artist’s recent series of poured paintings, largely inspired by the topography of Eastern Long Island, the minimalist works explore the intersection of light, air, and water with human perception. Her process of pouring paint conveys a sense of immediacy, while the individual color palettes of each painting express the artist’s meticulousness.

Raffi Kalenderian at Miles McEnery Gallery

Raffi Kalenderian, Alberto and Chichi (The Uptown) (2023). Courtesy of Miles McEnery Gallery, New York.

Originally from Los Angeles, Raffi Kalenderian (b. 1981) is recognized for his technicolor paintings that contain a signature blend of art history, pop culture, and autobiography. Using figurative and painterly techniques, as well as a vivid palette, Kalenderian’s compositions invite viewers to engage with both the formal as well as narrative elements of the work and to find the emotional heart of the work. “I love when something hits this discord, like throwing a wrench in a piano,” the artist said. Kalenderian was recently featured at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York in the solo show “CALL THE CURTAIN/RAISE THE ROOF/SPIRITS ON TONIGHT,” which was accompanied by a fully illustrated publication with text by Barbara A. McAdam.

Gabriela Torres Ruiz at Galerie Brockstedt

Gabriela Torres Ruiz, Mimesis #32_Dip (2021). Courtesy of Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin.

Seeking to translate the relationships between movement and light through artistic means, Gabriela Torres Ruiz (b. 1970) creates intricate compositions that evoke the natural world at both micro and macro scales. Hailing from Mexico City, her photographic works are frequently incorporated into diptychs or triptychs, allowing her meticulously framed images to dialogue with one another. Her current solo exhibition, “The Path of Least Resistance,” on view at Galerie Brockstedt in Berlin through August 12, highlights the patterns, associations, and connections she continually seeks through her lens and in her practice. The works present viewers with an opportunity to reconsider the elements of nature and how they are perceived.

Zohar Fraiman at Priska Pasquer

Zohar Fraiman, Rosemary’s Kitty (2022). Courtesy of Priska Pasquer, Cologne/Paris.

Visual artist Zohar Fraiman (b. 1987), hailing from Israel, explores complex dichotomies and the myriad ways they interact and influence each other. Engaging with themes around illusion and reality, gender identity, and life in the digital age, Fraiman’s paintings playfully and colorfully explore the incongruities and realities of visual culture in the 21st century. Recently the subject of a solo show with Priska Pasquer, Paris, “Tending Trending,” Fraiman further delves into life as seen through a social media lens, crafting a unique visual lexicon that questions ideas around self-presentation, originality, and art historical precedence.

Soly Cissé at Sulger Buel Gallery

Soly Cissé, Untitled (2023). Courtesy of Sulger Buel Gallery, London.

Based in Dakar, Senegal, Soly Cissé (b. 1969) maintains a wide-ranging artistic practice that includes drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed-media assemblages. Cissé draws inspiration both from his own life and history as well as the social, political, and culture milieu in which he works. Synthesizing neo-expressionist techniques with his own intuitive, painterly style, Cissé is able to capture the complex emotional nuances of his subjects and themes, as well as create unique modes of representation that involve anthropomorphism and mythology.

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