10 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2016

Pulling from a year’s worth of revealing new creative names we’ve skimmed the top of emerging art to bring you the 10 artists to look out for in 2016.


Mihaela Noroc


michaela-noroc-atlas-beauty-0 Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc is on a mission to capture portraits of women from every country in the world in order to shed light on the beauty that exists everywhere. A little over two years ago, at the age of 27, Noroc quit her job, withdrew all her life savings, and embarked on an incredible journey across the globe with little more than her camera and backpack. Her travels so far are documented in The Atlas of Beauty, an ongoing project that features a diverse array of local women from 40+ different countries and almost every single continent.



Giacomo Carmagnola


Giacomo-Carmagnola-top2015 Designcollector is extremely happy to open Giacomo this year and had a great opportunity to work with him on The Digital Decade III: His Majesty The Glitch project earlier this year (featuring his work you see above in Barcelona, OFFF2015 Festival) “I’m completely absorbed by glitch art. I’ve always been attracted to its aesthetics; I’m not talking about philosophy or higher concepts, but just its plain visual pleasure,” says Giacomo. From the burning monk in “Saigon” to Jesus’s crucifixion in “Meltchrist” – the digital artist combines the old and new to create a symbolic modern image. “I see these images as an alternative beauty. I find it extremely fascinating how the same image can change so much by keeping its original 'skeleton'. Of course they’re also visually impactful. But before this, I find them simply beautiful.



Alexey Kondakov


alexey-kondakov You might remember Ukrainian artist Nastya Ptichek taking over XX-century art with her Emoji Nation project last year. Here is her countrymate Alexey Kondakov brining the art twist to our modern-day life. Alexey's imagintational world is where Bouguereau’s Song of the Angels appears to take place on an empty subway car while a pair of men from Holbein’s famous The Ambassadors are transported to the table of a seedy bar.



Sean Yoro

United States

sean-yoro Sean Yoro aka HULA is a new kind of street artist levelling up the global awareness with his environmental water and even icebergs murals. Hula travels the world creating paintings which capture the emotions and interactions between the figures and their environment. With each piece, Hula merges his backgrounds in both street and fine art.



Stephen Mcmennamy

United States

combophoto-smcmennamy Definitely a new breed of Instagram artist emerged this year, and here is one of the best, as we see him. Art director Stephen McMennamy looks for simple backgrounds, takes two photographs, and then carefully arranges them together. The early #combophoto project shots were taken with an iPhone, but McMennamy recently bought a new camera to improve the quality, and occasionally uses a drone.



Louise Mertens


loise-mertens2015-0 Louise is our personal selection from rising mixed media artists. We were extremely happy to work with her on unreleased DCMAG#4 Cover and than on The Digital Decade III this year. Being a model and an artist on one hand is a double-win, on another is a massive responsibilities for personal challenges. Louise achieves them with a speed of a pain that she splatters across handmade photography collages. After dry up she complete the artwork digitally and send it over fashion editorial or personal exhibition, signed and stamped. She has completed Sagmeister&Walsh internship recently and now working in here hometown of Antwerp delivering fashion collages and exhibiting them offline and online. Must follow on Behance



Danit Peleg


danit-peleg-3d-fashion The year 2015 is definitely the one to remember with a huge development of 3D Printing. Everyone who started to work with this tricky technique is a pioneer of his industry. Same to say about fashion designer Danit Peleg and her printable generative dresses. We will remember her as the first designer to bring serious 3D printing to the catwalk. “In September 2014 I started working on my graduate collection for my Fashion Design degree at Shenkar. This year, I decided to work with 3D printing, which I barely knew anything about. I wanted to check if it’d be possible to create an entire garment using technology accessible to anyone. So I embarked on my 3D printing journey, without really knowing what the end result would be.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s94mIhCyt4 danit-peleg1



Pokras Lampas


pokras-lampas-afwrussia2015 Self-made man, Pokras Lampas is now a trendsetter in calligraphy, fashion and street art industries. His latest work has been merely named the largest calligraphy in the world and was made using 800l of paint on a huge factory roof. This year Pokras did a huge amount of collaboration from fashion to packaging and set up a new branch of the industry - calligraffiti. Must follow on Instagram as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM7GOg2qxO0



Yuri Shwedoff


yuri-shwedoff2015-0 The knight of mystic digital illustration Yuri Shwedoff has just completed academic studies and developed his own way in the wood of screen art. What we admire the most and beside his unique talent is the ability to share workshops with others through online courses and illustration tutorials.



Maxim Zhestkov


max-zhestkov-sputnik With no doubts Max won our "Return of the Year" award with his come back to the motion design scene. As a young director he has a huge portfolio of commercial video but recently he developed himself as an animation short movie director. Max's latest work "Sputnik" is the ode to sci-fi, and apparently it hit strong whether your are a science fiction fan or not. http://vimeo.com/148845534



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