Greta Rybus

Fragmentin & Renaud Defrancesco

Abbie Kozik

Ethem Cem

Jen Blatt

Aesthetica Artists' Directory: Current Artists' Profiles

The Aesthetica Artists’ Directory is a global network of artists engaging with the professional art world. In print, on our website and in social media we have created a forum for discussion and interactivity where artists, galleries, collectors, critics, curators and enthusiasts can meet and discover art from around the world.

A moving, curated platform of those shaping the industry today, each Directory runs concurrently in our bi-monthly magazine, including print and combined digital profiles that offer a gateway to boundary-pushing practices and innovative modes of thought.

Below is a selection from the current issue; to view the artist’s full profile, click the preview.

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Abbie Kozik

With experience in graphic design, Abbie Kozik translates a keen eye for composition and form into paintings that play with shape as subject matter.

Alfred Freddy Krupa

Alfred Freddy Krupa is considered a pioneering force in the New Ink Art movement, for which he has gained international recognition.

Ana Schmidt

Bilbao-based Ana Schmidt paints realistic depictions of the urban landscape, navigating manmade spaces to discover subjects of intrigue.

Anna Isabella Sandberg

Anna Isabella Sandberg revels in experimentation, creating landscapes with mythic undertones – many inspired by the Great Northern Forest of Sweden.

Anne-Marie Giroux

Montréal-based artist Anne-Marie Giroux’s practice focuses on creating highly poetic and conceptual projects through painting, sculpture and installation.

Antonella Cusimano

Influenced by interweaved forms and the flow of liquids and gases, Antonella Cusimano produces algorithmic patterns that draw upon natural structures.

Beatriz Santacana

Beatriz Santacana is a Havana-based sculptor, painter and muralist; the Homunculus series depicts humanity at moments of change.

Blake O’Donnell

Dublin-born Blake O'Donnell identifies as a painter, sculptor and installation artist, drawing from a range of interests and experiences with multiple media.

Carla Groppi

London-born artist Carla Groppi works from photographs, film and TV stills, translating small images into large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings.

Chae Lee

London-based Chae Lee believes that painting is an expression of individuality – through a layout of shapes and colours that reveal a personal philosophy.

Chan Suk On

As an editor and photographer, Chan Suk On is inspired by the nuances of daily life. Art Manual addresses the question of whether concepts need to be explained.

Elica Masuya

The creation of Elica Masuya's videos involves travelling to specific locations to document particular actions and share the results with viewers via installations.

Ethem Cem

Istanbul-based designer and director Ethem Cem focuses on audio-visual installations at the intersection of science, art and technology.

Fiona Yu

Fiona Yu is studying Art Criticism and Studio Art at NYU. She is interested in the complexities of abstraction – incorporating concepts from psychoanalysis and existentialism.

Fragmentin & Renaud Defrancesco

Displuvium is a research project that examines the human desire to control the natural environment through controversial practices such as cloud seeding.

Geraldine McLoughlin

Geraldine McLoughlin originally studied contemporary art and textiles, but has since been captivated by the qualities of glass.

Giulia Berto

Giulia Berto explores intimate spaces and personal stories. Anchored to domestic or natural landscapes, the images tether viewers to human narratives revolving around everyday objects.

Greta Rybus

Greta Rybus is a photojournalist specialising in editorial portraiture and travel. Of primary interest is her subjects' everyday relationships with their natural environs.

Impressions by Elise

London-based painter Elise Mendelle urges viewers to look beyond the brushstrokes to anticipate or imagine a narrative associated with each portrait.

Jae Young Park

Jae Young Park’s Woolscape series considers duals aspects of minimalism and realism; the works question what it means to be an individual.

Janet Keates

Though Janet Keates enjoys exploring numerous subject matters, she returns to the environment – reconnecting to the inspiring power of landscapes and wildlife.

Jen Blatt

Film photographer Jen Blatt explores the perception of change and exposure to the elements; the resulting images bookend her travel photographs.

Jingfeng Li

Beijing-based Jingfeng Li specialises in the intricacy and potency of the black line.

Juliet Petrarulo

Juliet Petrarulo is fascinated by early memories and their depiction. She uses acrylic, pastel and oils to uncover layers of narratives, places and characters in dreamlike scenarios.

Karla Kantorovich

Karla Kantorovich works with paintings, fibres and assemblages, leaning into the importance of texture and dimensionality as a way of exploring renewal.

Kasra Karimi

After creating the award-winning short film A Pinprick of Light, Kasra Karimi has recently returned to photography with multiple new series including Melancholistic.

Katharina Goldyn

Katharina Goldyn is a professor of drawing and painting at Studio Zeiler in Munich. Her brightly coloured works fuse traditional imagery with new age visual semiotics.

Kexin Di

Kexin Di is an established oil painter, creating dark and highly textured portraits that capture elegance and serenity.

Kris Cieslak

Kris Cieslak's latest series Beautiful People is inspired by influential icons – activists and cultural figures making a positive impact on the planet.

Kris Mercer

UK-based Kris Mercer is an award-winning painter with an eclectic taste for abstract expressionism and the possibilities it presents.

Liane Engstrom

Drawing on information from various scientific fields, Liane Engstrom’s paintings question the meaning of perspective – navigating microscopic and macrocosmic realms.

Loz Taylor

UK-based Loz Taylor creates digital and acrylic works that explore human nature through engagement with speculation, competition and risk.

Lynden Cowan

Realised through highly-detailed imagery, Lynden Cowan's works take viewers on a visual and textural journey through a variety of contemporary Canadian scenes.

M. Florine Démosthène

M. Florine Démosthène was raised between Port-au-Prince and New York. She is is a recipient of a Tulsa Artist Fellowship, an Art Moves Africa Grant and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.

Mollie Turnbull

Mollie Turnbull explores the aesthetics of colour in relation to portraiture. Each composition considers the concepts of human connection and empathy in an age of hyperrealism.


Benjamin Gillespie's OVUUD evolved from the desire to produce something simple yet intriguing whilst utilising new lighting technology.

Patrick Hurst

UK-based sculptor Patrick Hurst draws upon a connection to the wider world, crafting abstract artwork for both interior and exterior spaces.

Philippa Jane Anderson

UK-based Philippa Jane Anderson's practice provides an emotional response to the concept of ruins – primarily related to the decline of manufacturing industries.


Franco-Swedish artist Sarita is working on a new language of design, connecting Nordic birch to painted abstraction.

Shona Keir

Shona Keir traverses nature photography and abstract painting. The process of working is itself a key inspiration; feelings of peace and contentment allow her to forge diverse expressions.

Spadge Hopkins

With a background in product design and automotive engineering, artist Spadge Hopkins works predominantly with light and shadow, and the intricacies of line.

Steven Heaton

Composed from Silence is a solo exhibition – a collaboration between artist Steven Heaton and art historian Sara Riccardi.

U. Lee-Johnson

U. Lee-Johnson is a South Korean-born, New York-based abstract artist inspired by the merging of geometry and nature.

YingYing Shen

A recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, YingYing Shen examines the moment of conflict between single-frame photography and "real life" composition.