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Kick off your spring with these 5 up-and-coming artists we’re watching this month

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Like every month, we have brought together five artists who have particularly piqued our interest and whose work we intend to follow. For the April roundup, artists are represented by galleries from Shanghai to Miami, and each has their own interesting story. And until our next roundup comes out next month, be sure to take a look for yourself on the Artnet gallery network and see what the art world has right now. to offer.

Ronald Machatuta at Almine Rech, Shanghai

Ronald Muchatuta, Fatherhood (2022).  Courtesy of Almine Rech.

Ronald Muchatuta, Paternity (2022). Courtesy of Almine Rech.

Hailing from Zimbabwe, South African artist Ronald Machatuta constantly draws inspiration from his own history as well as contemporary issues in current history as a whole, ranging from diasporic identity, post-colonialism and discrimination. Her most recent work deals with interconnected narratives and mythologies, particularly as they relate to migration and its effects on both the individual and communities at large. Currently the subject of a solo exhibition at Almine Rech, Shanghai, Machatuta’s work is rooted in figuration, with vivid colors and layered imagery conveying the complexity of ideas around belonging, nostalgia and memory, which can be understood both through a deeply personal approach. as a macroscopic objective.

Xi Li in Latitude, New York

Xi Li, Deep Emotions (tulips) (2022).  Courtesy of Latitude Gallery.

XiLi, Deep emotions (tulips) (2022). Courtesy of Latitude Gallery.

Based in New York City, Chinese-American artist Xi Li explores personal and collective memory and has a knack for focusing where they specifically overlap or diverge. Focusing on how varying perceptions of different stories can generate fictional realities or affect lived realities, Xi Li creates works that overlap conceptions of real and imagined spaces. His work offers an element of strangeness, employing artistic modes of “construction, simulation and intervention” to create vignettes that are both recognizable and decidedly alien. Due to graduate from Yale University’s MFA program this year, Xi Li’s work has already been exhibited internationally.

JuanCarlos Rlora at ArtToSaveLives, Miami

Juancarlos Rlora, Installation of Bermuda (2022).  Courtesy of ArtToSaveLives Contemporary.

Juancarlos Rlora, Installation in Bermuda (2022). Courtesy of ArtToSaveLives Contemporary.

Represented by ArtToSaveLives Contemporary, a Florida-based gallery with a mission to support animal rescue through art, JanCarlos rLora has a deeply imaginative practice that focuses on alternate realities and storytelling. Often working in large series based on his own storylines, rLorna’s work as a whole cannot be contained within a single distinct style. His work of 2022 Bermuda synthesizes ideas of space travel with the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, the work conceptualizing the latter as a portal to still inaccessible parts of the cosmos. rLorna says of the piece, “I wanted to capture the exact moment the planetary gravity begins to turn off, giving the illusion that the viewer is actively about to cross over.”

Mak2 at Peres Projects, Berlin

Mak2 (Mak Ying Tung 2), Home Sweet Home: Love Pool 12 RAW (2022).  Courtesy of Peres Projects.

Mak2 (Mak Ying Tung 2), Home Sweet Home: Love Pool 12 RAW (2022). Courtesy of Peres Projects.

Currently the subject of their first solo exhibition with Peres Projects, “Mak2: Love Pool”, Mak Ying Tung, known as Mak2, is a concept artist based in Hong Kong. Their artistic practice explores topics ranging from philosophy and art history to the impact of technology and the web through a multidisciplinary approach. Working through painting, sculpture and installation, Mak2’s work depicts whimsical and elaborate alternate worlds that merge conceptual reality with lived reality. In the present exhibition, a large part of the works presented are triptychs which illustrate lovers in various states of existence, including sometimes obscured by pixelation. Although humorous and whimsical, there is also a deeply emotional and serious resonance that can be felt underlying each work.

Eva Yurkova at the Ernst Hilger Gallery, Vienna

Eva Yurková, Beach Body (Schwimmkurs) (2023).  Courtesy of Ernst Hilger Gallery.

Eva Yurkova, Beach body (Schwimmkurs) (2023). Courtesy of Ernst Hilger Gallery.

Czech-born, Vienna-based artist Eva Yurková has a unique artistic style that focuses on the practice and aesthetics of printmaking, and more specifically woodcuts. Although she also works with painting, ceramics and installation, even within these other mediums, the tenets of woodcuts in her work are evident. Drawing inspiration from the way wood is removed and cut when creating a block from which to print, Yurková’s compositions employ a similar logic. Relying on fields of color and layered elements, her work evokes relief and conveys a distinct visual dimensionality. Her current exhibition with Galerie Ernst Hilger, “Look Me in the Eyes, Baby”, features a series of figurative collage works on paper that evoke a similar printmaking style and thematically address ideas around the female body and its perception. .

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