Many of the surrealist artists that get attention are male artists. This was true back in the first era of surrealist art and it remains true today. However there are a lot of female surrealist artists from both then and now. One of the hottest contemporary women in the world of surrealism today is Laurie Lipton.
I have to confess that the idea for this hub came from a recent Weburbanist article on the artist Marco Escobedo. This was an artist that I hadn't been aware of in spite of the fact that I am a huge fan of surrealist art. When I saw the link to the article on him in my Google Reader, I knew I had to follow it. I was happily rewarded with an exploration of the terrific work of this one amazing artist that I didn't already know. He is a digital artist who takes the tools provided by PhotoShop and turns up the volume to make surrealistic photos that are stunning to behold.
This artist is a multi-media artist who creates really cool three-dimensional products such as artistic toys for kids. Kris Kuksi actually recycles old toys and puts them together to create these new toys that are fantastical, magical, frightening and fun. He also does drawings, paintings and various sculptures.
He does digital art in both 2D and 3D formats. Photo-realism is another term frequently associated with this artist. I tend to find a lot of his work to be a bit on the darker side although I wouldn't say that it's truly macabre.
Carrie Ann Baade
The conversation about modern female surrealist artists always mentions Laurie Lipton and often also always mentions Carrie Ann Baade. She is a professor of painting at Florida State University and a painter herself.
If the kind of surrealist art that you like verges on the dark and pensive then you'll probably take a liking to modern surrealist artist Frank Picini. The subtitle of his website is "the darkness craves a mind" which tells you what some of the work is all about. He uses a variety of different tech tools to create modern art that gives you a glimpse into the interesting world inside of his mind.
Her goal is to use her artwork to bring peace and harmony to the world around her. This is achieved by the beauty of her work.