Today’s Best Artists from Europe

In the past Europe has been home to so many of the world’s most famous artists. Painters, sculptors and designers have all come from the several small towns and quiet villages that scatter across the countries all in union, but what about today? Has the growth of population and the homogenisation of modern society caused artistry here to decay? Some would give a profound yes, as the marvels of the renaissance have no competition in today’s art field, whereas other maybe more art savvy thinkers would disagree. The following four are some of today’s leading artists from in Europe who have amassed followings and riches that lead them to be regarded as the best.

Maurizio Cattelan – Italy

Here is an artist who clearly has an easily accessible sense of humour. Unlike many of his contemporaries the messages behind Cattelan’s work often takes little effort to decipher. His use of a fist with a raised middle finger has been prolific and shows the kind of provocative satire that he continues to produce. This well-known offensive hand gesture can be seen carved into pillars made from various materials as well as found inside of a snow globe. It’s no wonder that he is so well liked as his funny and eye catching tactile pieces really stand out in a gallery setting.

Gerhard Richter – Germany

A contemporary painter, Richter is regarded as one of the most influential living artists on the globe. His output is an impressive blend of photography and abstract painting that often interweave into very visually loud pieces. Known to show his family members as much as he shows canvases coated edge to edge with vivid bleeding colours, it’s easy to see how he can captivate onlookers. With even the most abstract piece becoming somehow personal, this inspiring artists work walks the boundary of expressive while the blurred and distorted photographs also leave you feeling a little haunted.

Rudolf Stingel – Italy

This conceptual artist is known for using a wide range of materials as the base of his work. This is the kind of art that usually polarizes gallery viewers thanks to its abstract and vacant nature. With few motifs, only a handful of faces and barely a landscape in sight, the images here are of shapes and patterns that are often hard to categorise or even recognise as anything other than blocks of colour or smoky looking stains. Regardless Stingel’s work is highly sought after as others discover depth, striking emotion and humour within.

Damien Hirst – England

Now somewhat infamous thanks to some of his more controversial pieces, Bristol-born conceptualist Hirst has few limits to what he will use to make an art piece. Quickly rising to fame after his pieces that featured animals in formaldehyde, collectors and gallery visitors were flabbergasted when coming face to face with creatures that seemed like they should move. His bizarre concept of beauty and his intrigue in death make him a great visionary for anyone intrigued by the weird and wonderful, as his dissected cows and diamond covered skulls have proven vastly popular. Hirst however is incapable of being categorised as his work moves from odd darkness to new colourful brightness in his newer works, which display bold colours and even charming characters such as Disney characters.