Sam Rodriguez, @samrodriguezart
Rodriguez’s work stands out because of the seamless way he blends detailed portraits with topography and 3d shapes. Some of his pieces are of familiar faces, like the late Phife Dawg of rap group A Tribe Called Quest, and Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, drawn with the letters ‘MVP’ across his eyes. You can also check out the amazing time-lapsed videos of how Rodriguez layers the portraits with the topographical effects.
Os Gemeos, @osgemeos
With more than seven hundred thousand followers, Brazilian twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, who have been creating art together since they were kids, are way past waiting for their chance to shine. But they haven’t forgotten their roots. Os Gemeos’ work is heavily influenced by the neighborhood they grew up in and their love of b-boy culture, which really blew up in the country in the 1980’s with the arrival of hip-hop. You can find their vibrant murals all over the world, including their native São Paulo, Vancouver, and the tunnels of the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris.
Tristan Eaton, @tristaneaton
Eaton does collage work, but the pieces are all painted, rather than materials he puts together. You’ll see a lot of portraits with different objects painted into faces, like monsters, brains, comic book print, and landscape. Beyond buildings around the globe, you can find his art at MoMA in New York City.
If graffiti were Superman, Fumero’s work would be its Clark Kent (except not boring); you see the resemblance in the two, but there’s still enough distinction for you to also recognize the difference. In fact, Fumeroism is the name of the style the Brooklyn-based artist developed, which is the merging of graffiti, caricature drawing, cartooning, and abstract art techniques. What you get from him are vividly drawn faces filled in with colors you don’t expect and he has created famous murals of the Notorious B.I.G., Roberto Clemente, and Sid Vicious.
Emmanuel Jarus, @youngjarus
This world-traveling artist has mastered the technique of making realistic-looking people in the murals he creates. There aren’t any creatures or exaggerated features here, just regular people you’d spot on the street, painted with the kind of meticulous detail that even cameras don’t catch. Somehow he makes the mundaneness of everyday life interesting. He’s barely in his mid-20’s, but Jarus is talented beyond his years and already a force to be reckoned with.
Judith Supine, @judithsupine
Judith Supine is the formerly secret alias of one of Instagram’s trippiest artists. His signature aesthetic is acrylic-painted collage work, pieced together from fragments of different photographs, books, and old-school porn magazines, until he gets something that’s as risqué as some of his source material, but also kind of scary. He’s well known for previously installing his art in places around New York City they weren’t supposed to be: in 2007, he hung a large piece from the Manhattan Bridge, in 2009, he put one in a lake in Central Park, and he was arrested two years ago for putting a piece above the Queensboro Bridge.