Aesthetica Artists’ Directory: Current Artists’ Profiles

The Aesthetica Artists’ Directory is a global network of artists engaging with the professional art world. In print, on our website and in social media we have created a forum for discussion and interactivity where artists, galleries, collectors, critics, curators and enthusiasts can meet and discover art from around the world.

A moving, curated platform of those shaping the industry today, each Directory runs concurrently in our bi-monthly magazine, including print and combined digital profiles that offer a gateway to boundary-pushing practices and innovative modes of thought.

Below is a selection from the current issue; to view the artist’s full profile, click their name.

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Aliaksei Ovsyannikov

Oil painter Aliaksei Ovsyannikov is based in Minsk, where he explores self-identity. Bold, colour-rich brushstrokes show a depth of personal emotions and memories.

Anastasia Yanchuk (Nati) 

Anastasia Yanchuk aka Nati uses bold colours and techniques to depict strong, intriguing and sensual women. She notes the works are a reminder that women are a symbol of life, and as their potential is limitless.

Carlos Abraham

Carlos Abraham is based in Mexico, where he studied architecture and photography. His current focus is to highlight the beauty of the human body through black and white as well as colour photographs.

Clare Marie Bailey

Photographer and filmmaker Clare Marie Bailey is based in Wales. She uses self-portraiture to explore a variety of female characters via the staging of images – revealing cinematic and dreamlike narratives.

Claudia Pombo

Brazilian-Dutch painter Claudia Pombo offers an adapted view of nature and human situations. Her expressions include Amazonian mythology, metaphysical art, as well as landscapes.

Daohua Lou

Daohua Lou is a Chinese artist based in Stockholm. She specialises in figurative acrylic painting and ink drawing – inspiration comes from an inner world brimming with images from the subconscious.

Emma James

York-based fine artist Emma James is inspired by local landscapes, which she uses to explore the ever-changing lines, forms and colours.

Eric Wiles

California-based Eric Wiles' fine art and landscape photography reveals images of natural beauty. His goal is to bring awareness to the variety of wondrous places in the world.

Helaine Blumenfeld OBE 

Renowned sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld OBE continually reinvents herself in a search for a vocabulary of form: visual, tactile and emotional. Her passion for bringing sculpture into the public domain energises landscapes throughout the world.

Hui Long

Chinese photographer and creative director Hui Long lives in London where she gained an MA in Photography. Her portraits explore narrative structures using a variety of film and digital techniques.

Ilina Mustafina

Ilina Mustafina is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and photographer based in New York. Her work has an organic and spontaneous focus. Each piece offers an innate understanding of light, colour and structure, as well as composition of the human form.

Ilya Yod

Rising artist Ilya Yod is based in France and Estonia, where he runs two studio spaces. He is known for works featuring figures composed of cube-shaped elements.

Isaac Erhabor Emokpae

Isaac Erhabor Emokpae is a multi-faceted visual artist whose approach is based upon duality. Selective about work, he divides his time between painting and photography projects.

Ivan Kanchev

Sofia-based artist Ivan Kanchev uses his practice to examine and explore questions of a philosophical and social nature.

Keith Josiah

Keith Josiah is a painter, musician and poet based in Memphis, where he is continually inspired by the city's deep-rooted music scene. Series include The Crown Collection alongside an exploration of love and its myriad dimensions.

Leili Khabiri

Leili Khabiri is a British-Iranian artist specialising in handwoven textiles. Symbolism behind a process is of interest – how a work possesses energy through the making rather than from the choice of visuals.

Peijun Cao

Shanghai-born Peijun Cao uses digital media to create surreal images from photographs. York-based Cao notes that the striking works can be viewed as both strong and fragile. 

Petra Štefanková 

Petra Štefanková studied graphic design as well as film and TV graphics in Bratislava, Prague and London. Her varied career includes work on global advertising, editorial, animation, publishing and fine art.

Piotr Szulkowski

Award-winning Polish artist Piotr Szulkowski is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. His flora and fauna prints invite the viewer to explore the joyous world of nature and convey humanity's speed, strength and precision.

Rebecca Jonas

Rebecca Jonas is an award-winning fine art photographer based in New York. She specialises in black and white photography, using powerful subject matter that is carefully selected for its symbolism.

Richard Herring

California-based painter Richard Herring uses bright colours and simple shapes to create lively, sometimes humorous works.

Rieko Whitfield

Rieko Whitfield is a Japanese-American artist whose experimental pop music from her debut EP Regenesis has been making waves in the London art scene.

Robert van de Graaf

Robert van de Graaf is a Dutch painter and poet interested in the connections and relationships between the mystical world, the spiritual world and the soul.

Sara Campaci 

Italian artist Sara Campaci studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and is based in Berlin. She uses collage to explore the perception of ourselves and the ambiguous relationship we have with reality.

Tessa Teixeira

Johannesburg-based Tessa Teixeira uses her art practice to explore existential philosophy, reflecting and responding to climate and ecology narratives; she does so via installation, mixed media, painting and printmaking.

Tianxing Xu

Tianxing Xu is a visual artist born in Shanghai and currently studying for an MFA in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Wowser Ng

Chinese artist Wowser Ng is based in London. Brightly-coloured digital paintings provide new possibilities for Asian queer depiction in abstract and figurative works.

Xujun Han

Beijing-based artist Xujun Han explores the potential of space, texture, light and colour to compose both observational landscapes and fantastical environments.

Xujun Han

Beijing-based artist Xujun Han holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She uses visual means to explore the potential of space, texture, light and colour.

Yana and Elitsa Dobreva

Zürich-based twin sisters Yana and Elitsa Dobreva are product designers and photographers who hold degrees in Sportswear Design. Their brand, YE Komod, reflects a passion for their craft and fuels their practice.