San Diego is a city rife with artistic talents of all kinds. If you live here, you probably already know that! If you have an untapped creative energy that seeks artistic inspiration, there are a few great San Diego artists that you should get to know. Discovering new artists with a variety of talents can inspire you as you work on your craft – or, can help you decide which area of the arts you might like to pursue when you’re ready for lessons with a private teacher. Here are a few to check out:
- Robert Henri
Henri was a well-traveled American painter who spent a formative summer in San Diego in 1914. Although his early work was heavily influenced by Impressionism, his later personal approach to painting was to create a kind of modern Realism. Henri died in 1929 in New York, but his inspirational presence in San Diego made a big impact on the arts in the latter city. As one of the founders of American Realism, Henri’s artistic fingerprints can still be seen in San Diego today.
- Maurice Braun
Braun was a Hungarian immigrant who originally settled in New York, but then moved to San Diego later on in his life. Inspired by Southern California’s beauty, Braun created a series of Impressionist paintings of the landscapes he saw around him. Considered one of the formative landscape artists of San Diego, Braun died in 1941, but not before he predicted that California artists would create a micro-culture all their own.
- Jonathan Borofsky
Borofsky is one of the most well-known current San Diego artists, and his sculptures are featured internationally. Borofsky‘s work is stunning in scale and often features human figures in a rainbow of colors. His sculptures, prints, and films make him an important artist to know because they are simplistic while simultaneously grandiose; hopeful art students of any age can connect with Borofsky’s work and feel inspired to create their own.
- Marcos Ramirez ERRE
ERRE is a Latino artist whose cultural background plays a big role in his work. Born in Tijuana, Mexico and now a resident of San Diego, ERRE first worked in the United States as a carpenter. When his artistic side got the better of him, he began to create wooden and metal structures that are featured worldwide.
Adelaide moved to San Diego in 2005 to create the Middle Eastern Dance Company; now, this one-name artistic expressionist is truly one to watch as she continues to change the artistic landscape of San Diego. Although her first love is dance and performance art, Adelaide also uses paint, pencils, and other traditional tools of the artist’s trade to create amazing pieces.
Learning to express yourself through art is a freeing endeavor, made all the more poignant by personal inspiration in those around you, such as these San Diego artists. The more you know about the artists in this list, the more creative facets you can access in yourself! So get out there, get creative, and have fun!
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