If you give two hoots about art and culture (and if you're reading this, we'll assume you do), then you know we've written about up-and coming artists before — those intriguing, often unconventional visionaries who are new (or newish) to the scene and well worth investing in before their work costs more than a down payment on an NYC loft. But while it can take many (many) decades for an artist to reach public awareness and gain the respect of their peers, we're not waiting around.
We've gone out into the streets and studios of New York City and Brooklyn to find out who is making the work that startles us, makes our hearts soar, and even makes us stare and simply wonder. These creatives aren't just painters, either. They're craftspeople, animators, inventors, and imaginarians. The kind of Very Important People we want to know — and, you do, too. We did the research, hunkered down with gallerists, and talked to other artists about these artists…. Now, it's time to get to know the 10 NYC-based artists who really matter…who might just blow your mind.
Photographed by Tom Hines.