In FocusNew Emerging Artists of 2021

New Emerging Artists of 2021


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Fall is the season for emerging art. From exhibitions filled with up-and-coming names you’ve probably never heard of (but will know very soon) to online shows by artists freshly added to bigger galleries’ rosters. With the pandemic ending, it’s high time for the art world to take in a fresh crop of talent. Here, we highlight a few emerging artists hailing from around the world, in collaboration with Micucci Interiors.

Dylan Martinez | Glass Sculptor

Artist Dylan Martinez combines several glassblowing and sculpting techniques to form these hyper-realistic plastic bags from molten glass. Through these works, Martinez creates scenarios that obscure the viewer’s interpretation of reality and illusion. Driven by a deep curiosity in perception, Martinez creates these unique sculptures that convince the eye that the sculptures are just as they appear, plastic bags filled with water. Dylan’s art often examines the boundaries of human perception. His work challenges the viewer’s expectations through the manipulation of light, space, and the optical properties of glass. While influenced by traditional techniques in glassmaking, he constantly strives to discover novel approaches to exploit the material and create a lens to view the world afresh.

Through Dylan’s artwork, the artist creates scenarios in which the viewer must question their capacity to navigate between reality and illusion. His curiosity of perception is driven by the fact that he is red-green colourblind. Having a deficit in his colour vision is an alternative way of seeing things. Inspired by Trompe L’oeil (an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion), these pieces are made entirely out of hot glass while it is between 650-1150 degrees, which is then appearing as plastic bags of water. The trapped movement of the rising bubbles and the gesture of the forms convince the eye that the sculptures are just as they seem. What is fascinating is that our desires often override our true perception of reality and you believe what you think is visible as the truth.

Denis Di Luca | Industrial Product Designer

Denis Di Luca was born in Urbino, Italy and began his interest in ceramics at University in Italy when he studied Industrial Design. He began to discover the possibilities of combining clay with other materials and using specialist firing techniques (especially Raku) to produce contemporary ceramic art pieces. He is continuously refining and developing his skills in Raku, Naked Raku, Raku Dolce, Saggar, Obvara and Horse Hair ceramics. Each piece he creates is unique.

The fusion of Italian design influences and traditional ceramic techniques adapted for contemporary tastes, resulting in highly individual items for your visual enjoyment.

Maxwell Fine | Lead Creative Designer

Founded by Maxwell Fine in 2018, the studio’s mission is simple – design fabulously indulgent creative projects to inspire and change the world. The studio takes inspiration directly from experiences and encounters in its director’s life. Lead creative Maxwell Fine trained at Central Saint Martins School of Art and works primarily in Art Direction for Television and Advertising.

Working in London & New York, the studio releases projects with a slick eye for aesthetic.

Claudio Pulicati | Contemporary Ceramic Artist

Young product designer Claudio Pulicati introduced his first collection GEA in 2018 – coloured single-flower ceramic vases created with a special technique, where each piece is covered with clay to show the rough texture on the surface. Claudio is currently based in Ischia – a small Italian volcanic island, that plays an important role in building his creative imagination.

The name of the collection comes from a mythological goddess, who, as the mother of everything, “contains, protects and nourishes” the flower while waiting for this gift of love to blossom. The vases come in two different shapes and three sizes, and are available in yellow, pink, black, violet, red, ivory and blue.

MiCuit Ilustracion | Group of Entrepreneur Artists

This small boutique artist studio, based in Valencia, is run by two young entrepreneur artists. They are passionate about design and illustration, and have developed their own brand, famous for hand-crafted tableware with a fresh and modern style. This is their signature collection, but they also create bespoke designs on request. From jugs to plates and from bowls to bottles, they are perfect for any table setting or just as an individual decorative item.

This hand-crafted and hand-painted porcelain tableware collection is beautifully finished with elegant gold detailing around the rim, which makes these pieces truly unique and luxurious. Each piece is handmade and therefore vary from one to another, which highlights the unique beauty of the craftsmanship.

Brad Kenny | Contemporary Portrait Artist

Brad Kenny is a rapidly emerging artist from London, who specialises in portraiture and figurative representation of the human condition. Inspired by artists such as Jenny Saville, Frances Bacon, Andrew Salgado and Lucian Freud, Brad is attracted to Expressionist characteristics of strong colours, abstraction/distortion and individual experiences, exploring emotions, identity, character and narrative through portraiture.

Brad sees painting as a language, that is not easily written or expressed; it is a way of communication and interpretation. Brad’s style, technique and subjects continue to develop; the abstract element of his paintings allows him a form of expression which focuses on the human condition for the contemporary age. Brad’s works found a home not only in the United Kingdom, but also in the United States, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Russia.

Elena Salmistraro | Product Designer

Elena Salmistraro is an artist and product designer, who lives and works in Milan. She graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2008 and founded her own studio together with architect Angelo Stoli in 2009, where she has been working as a product designer and artist / illustrator ever since. Her creations are the result of a combination of art and design; which are characterised by a poetic style, the utmost care for details and a painstaking search for harmony in shapes. One of her main objectives is to explore the relationship between different mediums of the visual arts and expressive languages in order to fascinate people and evoke their emotions.

These ape-like vases in saturated hues are part of Elena Salmistraro’s latest collections presented in Paris for Bosa called “Primates”. This set of fine ceramic vases has been created to remind us of the delicate relationship between men and apes. The collection is comprised of 6 pieces, which were showcased at Maison et Objet, referencing three different breeds of apes: the mandrill, belonging to the family of African Cercopithecidae; the golden monkey, Cercopithecus Kandti, belonging to the family of African Cercopithecidae; and Debrazza’s Monkey, also belonging to the family of African Cercopithecidae. Ape is the only animal that evokes man in body shape, expressions and movements. This powerful similarity to men is what makes it fascinating, and what inspired the creation of these vases.

Tim Christie | Digital Illustrator

Tim Christie is a New Zealand-based designer, artist and entrepreneur. He has developed some of New Zealand’s most iconic brands, and his work was featured in New Zealand and Australian design awards and has been published internationally. As the mastermind behind the fashion-forward concept MONOMOKO, Tim Christie combines digital illustration and paint to create anthropomorphic images that fuse age-old tradition with modern technology. Describing his work as a fusion of digital abstraction and pop art, graphic designer Tim explains that he wishes to explore the synthesis of a geometric aesthetic and organic symmetry.

Each piece is digitally-generated using sourced imagery and computer-aided illustration. The underlying images are out of focus, so the diagonal black and white lines transition from thin to heavy in a seamless linear flow.

Micucci Interiors offers an exclusive range of designer home accessories, lighting and fine art. Although they tend to specialise in accessories, sometimes incorporate very special and unique pieces to our collection, resulting in an eclectic mix rather than a uniform style. They travel around Europe and the rest of the world to source new exciting pieces that we regularly add to our collection.

Micucci Interiors allows you to add interesting pieces to your interiors, teaming the elegance with the unusual. The choices are dictated by spontaneous attraction to shapes and colours as much as knowledge of design. They draw inspiration from famous designers and artists from around the world, which helps us to put together the range of carefully curated pieces.

Micucci Interiors is an independent company, that provides an individual approach to every order by building a personal relationship with all new and existing clients. They work closely with all of their artists to achieve and deliver the best possible product. Over the past years, Micucci Interiors maintained a friendly and personal relationship with all affiliated artists, who always go that extra mile to support their clients, offering a first-class service at all time.

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