Ai Weiwei (China)
The controversial Chinese artist, architectural designer and activist continues to create a stir among the artistic and political community for his vocal participation and creative expression of local affairs. Love him or hate him, Weiwei has contributed significantly to the growth of China’s rather restrictive arts scene; he was artistic consultant during the construction of the Beijing National Stadium and represented his country in multiple biennales and exhibitions worldwide.
Andy Warhol (USA)
Think Pop Art and Andy Warhol is the first name that comes to mind. Having redefined the visual arts movement in the 60s, Warhol has contributed massively to the commercial success of his preferred genre, ironically by disfiguring the ideas and concept of popular culture. From replicas of his iconic Campbell Soup paintings to movies dedicated to his creative brilliance, Warhol has remained inspirational to artists and fans alike to this very day.
Yayoi Kusama (Japan)
The ever surreal and abstract expressionism found in the word of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is a visual representation of her psychological and mental condition which she has struggled with over the years. Her highly acclaimed work has been lauded by critics and fans alike, using polka dots, or “infinity nets” as she calls them, as her signature style.