22 Artists to Watch at Art Basel Miami 2021
Art Basel Miami is back!
We've narrowed our list down to 22 artists whose work we really enjoy and we hope you will too. From painters to sculptors, to mixed media artists to photographers, there's something here for everyone. Whether you want to find out whose up and coming, or are looking for some new artwork to invest in, here are 22 artists that you should look out for at Art Basel Miami this year:
1. Élan Cadiz
Élan Cadiz is a interdisciplinary visual artist, she documents her personal narrative through the use of historical and domestic imagery.
You can view the rest of Élan's work at the PRIZM virtual fair.
Image 'Uncle Marv' © Elan Cadiz
Follow Elan @elancadiz
2. Alexandre Kyungu Mwilambwe
Alexandre Kyungu Mwilambwe is a mixed media artist combining painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation in his artistic practice. His work experiments with the concepts of migration and identity, borders and space, signs, and symbols.
See more of Alexandre's work at the PRIZM virtual fair.
Image 'Untitled' © Alexandre Kyungu Mwilambwe
Follow Alexandre @studioalexandrekyungu_
3. Pauline Marcelle
Pauline Marcelle is a contemporary artist from Dominica in the West Indies. Pauline's work engages with themes of capitalistic modes of production, transportation of goods and people, and sustainability of environmental values and labels.
To explore more Pauline's work, visit the PRIZM virtual fair.
Image 'Tales of the Unexpected' © Pauline Marcelle
Follow Pauline @pauline.marcelle
4. David Gumbs
David Gumbs is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist from the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin. Through his work, David seeks to investigate the notion of identity and belonging in a post-colonial Caribbean world.
To see more of David's work, visit the PRIZM virtual fair.
Image 'Power M' © David Gumbs
Follow David @gumbsy
5. Derrick Nxumalo
Derrick Nxumalo is a self-taught artist recognised for creating extremely detailed and intricate graphic representations of an utopian version of the city and landscaped of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
To see more of Derrick's work, visit the PRIZM virtual fair.
Image 'Residence II' © Derrick Nxumalo
6. Alanis Forde
Alanis Forde is a contemporary artist hailing from Barbados specialising in expressionistic realism portraiture. Working through the mediums of oil painting and collage, a concept central to Alanis' work is black female identity in an idealized, exotic, paradisiacal Caribbean space.
See more of Alanis' work at the PRIZM virtual fair.
Image 'This Time I Am Taking Paradise With Me' © Alanis Forde
Follow Alanis @alanisforde
7. Antoine Williams
Antoine Williams in a mixed media artist from North Carolina, America. Antoine seeks to challenge concepts of power and perception. Heavily influenced by science fiction and equally by his upbringing in rural Red Springs, North Carolina, Antoine has created his own mythology surrounding the idiosyncrasies of 'black' life.
Image 'There Will Be No Miracles Here Series # 30' © Antoine Williams
Follow Antoine @antoinesart
8. Megan Lewis
Megan Lewis a Baltimore native is a figurative painter and muralist. Expertly using a palette knife to bring her subjects to life, she incorporates locally sourced textiles and Ankara fabrics in her work to embellish her paintings with bold colours and geometric patterns.
Megan's work can be seen at the PRIZM virtual fair.
Image 'Forgiven' © Megan Lewis
Follow Megan @urbanhipsta
9. Khalid Abdel Rahman
Khalid Abdel Rahman is a contemporary Sudanese artist mostly known for painting abstract architectural scenes of the Khartoum neighbourhoods. His colour choices characteristic of his artistic style reflect the harsh realities that permeate the lives of the people who live there.
To see more of Khalid's work, visit the PRIZM virtual fair.
Image 'Landscape VI' © Khalid Abdel Rahman
Follow Khalid @khalid_rahman_art
10. Umar Rahsid
Tiwani Contemporary will be presenting a new chapter from Umar's nearly two-decade long narrative project: the epic historical saga of the Frenglish Empire - an imagined world superpower ruling in a parallel universe between 1658 - 1880.
Firmly rooted in Afrofuturism, the booth will feature new and unseen works by Umar including paintings, drawings and textiles.
Image ' Incident At Lover's Cove. Black Women Don't Have To Get Ready Because They Stay Ready. Or, The Viceroy's Army Tracks The Rebels To The Secluded Area But Are Still Bested By Bonnet-wearing Women. The Men Didn't Get One Shot Off' © Umar Rashid
Follow Umar @Frohawktofeathers
12. Bonolo Kavula
Bonolo's work combines the medium of printmaking with painting and sculpture. This year, Bonolo will present a solo booth with SMAC Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach titled, a re kopane ko thabeng.
Image "Tell me about the other side" © Bonolo Kavula
Follow Bonolo @bonolokavula
13. Karon Davis
In a solo exhibition, sculptor artist Karon Davis will be showcasing her work with Wilding Cran Gallery at booth P15
Image 'The Mother, The Son & The Holy Spirit' © Wilding Cran Gallery
Follow Karon @karondavis
14. Peter Uka
Peter Uka is a figurative painter whose paintings reference his childhood memories in Nigeria. Elements of his childhood litter his paintings, images like afro hairstyles and bell bottom jeans coupled with his use of bright and vibrant colours contribute to create an exciting and aesthetic narrative.
Peter will be exhibiting his work with Mariane Ibrahim at booth D30.
Image 'Still Riding' © Mariane Ibrahim
Follow Peter @peter_uka
15. Clotilde Jiménez
Clotilde's work alludes to Western life and culture through reusing everyday objects and materials like wallpaper, popular clothing brand names, magazine clipping and Mexican craft papers to create his collages. He also engages with antique, modern and contemporary art references to interrogate the limits placed on the individual through labels such as race, sexuality and gender, particularly as it pertains to black and queer individuals.
Clotilde will be exhibiting his work with Mariane Ibrahim at booth #D30.
Image 'Toy Puncher' © Mariane Ibrahim
16. Amoako Boafo
Born in Accra, Ghana, and currently living in Austria, Amoako uses painting to create intriguing characters to solidify the black figure's place in the artistic tradition of portraiture.
Amoako will be exhibiting his work with Mariane Ibrahim at booth #D30.
Image 'Black Pants' © Mariane Ibrahim
Follow Amoako @amoakoboafo
17. M. Florine Démosthène
Florine creates dystopian otherworldly characters in her work through multi-media and collage. Her work frequently depicts multiple figures in an effort to convey the black female body as a source of collective experiences that transcend interpretations rooted in sensuality.
Florine will be exhibiting her work with Mariane Ibrahim at booth #D30.
Image 'It Won't Fall Apart' © Mariane Ibrahim
Follow Florine @florinedemosthene
18. Zohra Opoku
Through the lens of her camera, German-Ghanaian artist Zohra Opoku explores how an individuals identity is formed through historical, cultural and socio-economical influence, particularly in the context of Ghana.
Zohra will be exhibiting her work with Mariane Ibrahim at booth #D30.
Image 'Tye Dyed' © Zohra Opoku
Follow Zohra @zohraopoku
19. Cassi Namoda
Cassi Namoda explores the nuances of social dynamics and mixed cultural and racial identity. Portraying scenes from everyday life, from mundane experiences to life altering ones, Cassi paints a vibrant portrait of life in Mozambique in a world that is becoming increasingly integrated each and every day.
Cassi will be exhibiting her work with Goodman Gallery booth B17.
Image 'Dance of Life III' © Goodman Gallery
Follow Cassi @cas_amandaa
20. Qualeasha Wood
Qualeasha's artistic practice spans across sculpture, textile and digital media. Through her work she approaches the realities of existing as a black woman.
Qualeasha will be showcasing her work with Kendra Jayne Patrick Gallery in a solo exhibition.
Image 'Heart of Glass' © Qualeasha Wood
Follow Qualeasha @qualeasha
21. Gio Swaby
Gio's work explores the intersection between blackness and womanhood, specifically taking a look at how physical identity can contribute to establishing connection and closeness whilst examining the 'otherness' that it imposes.
Gio will exhibiting her work with Claire Oliver Gallery at the Untitled Art Fair booth C11.
Image 'New Growth Second Chapter' © Claire Oliver Gallery
Follow Gio @gioswaby
22. Cydne Jasmin Coleby
Cynde is a digital and mixed media collage artist based in Nassau, Bahamas. She explores personal and ancestral relationships in her graphic collages, as well as the themes of trauma and conditioning.
Cydne will exhibiting her work with Galerie Julien Cadet at the Untitled Art Fair booth A53.
Image 'It Takes A Village' © Cydne Jasmin Coleby and Galerie Julien Coleby
Follow Cydne @cydoodles
The artists listed are in no particular order- they're just 22 artists that we loved at Art Basel this year.