1. Monica Fernandez (@monicafernandezb)
I’m just so in love with Monica Fernandez’s paintings that I can spend hours scrolling through her Instagram profile. Magical realism is mostly associated with Latin American literature, but here it is presented at its best in visual art.
The detail is simply astonishing and Monica’s technical skills are unquestionable. When I look at her paintings I am immediately transferred to a magical world full of flowers, butterflies, glamorous garments, and melancholic eyes.
2. Jamel Akib (@jamel_akib)
Adding movement to a painting, which by nature is static and one dimensional, is not an easy task. It takes great talent and skills to achieve the illusion of movement, and Jamel Akib makes it look easy-peasy .
I am very critical of male artists painting female portraits (because, you know, male gaze etc.) but these women are not presented as passive objects. I see strong, talented women, standing in confident body postures and yes, they are also beautiful, but they are way more than that.
Finally, Jamel’s combination of colours and texture are to die for.
3. Brigitte Lacasse (@brigitte.lacasse.92)
Oh, are you ready for wild ride? Welcome to the world of Brigitte Lacasse, where a pandemonium of colours explodes to a mix of sensual and grotesque.
There are some evident influences from Picasso, while some elements remind me of Van Gogh or Matisse. They are put onto the canvas with a buck of amphetamines and boldness.
The primitive elements alongside vivid colours and freaky characters, make me think of American Horror Story. Sweet (sweaty) dreams were made of Brigitte Lacasse’s paintings.