THE OTHER AVATARS
This project is made possible by Saatchi Art’s fantastic community of talented artists around the globe.
Jennifer Warren describes her creation process as a transformative practice necessary for self exploration and acceptance. Primarily self taught, she began experimenting with oil painting at the Marchutz School of Fine Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, where she was drawn to the medium’s ability to depct fantastical environments on canvas. As a Black artist working today, Jennifer is heavily influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement and uses her practice to empower people of color by painting grand figures that convey strength, beauty, and significance. Jennifer is based in Chicago, where she was selected to be featured in The Other Art Fair in 2020.
A South Bronx native currently residing in Los Angeles, Moncho 1929 gets his inspiration from the global and urban aesthetics within which he is immersed, while simultaneously challenging mainstream trends. Moncho 1929’s work has been exhibited in American cities and beyond, including an upcoming show at The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art in April 2022. His work is held in private and corporate collections, such as the LA Clippers, and the French Consulate of the US.
From Moncho 1929’s The Other Avatars Series
Stewards Inquiry, Oil on canvas
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas to a family of Chinese heritage, Lisa Krannichfeld’s work is informed by the intermixing of tradition and culture she experienced during her upbringing. Using traditional Chinese inks and papers in a non-traditional manner, Lisa’s portrayal of women subverts the typical depiction of the female subject throughout art history. Her award-winning work has exhibited widely across the US, and she has been featured in numerous publications and by brands. Lisa was named “One to Watch” by Saatchi Art and “Woman to Watch” by Soiree Magazine.
Afro surrealist and self-taught artist Ekow Brew showcases his experiences, reality, and understanding of the world through expressive and vibrant artworks. Exhibiting in IRL and virtual exhibitions across Ghana, Ekow is also the co-founder of ArtSwap Inc., an organization that provides visibility to emerging artists from Africa through exhibitions, sales and auction support.
Celebrated internationally by collectors and institutions alike, Nikolina Petolas’ practice spans photo collage, digital art, oil paint, and acrylics. Based in Croatia, Nikolina draws on psychological questions and the complexity of personal identity in creating her fantastical and emotive scenes. Nikolina’s work has garnered multiple international awards and has shown in numerous galleries and museums of Europe, USA and Asia. Her work can be found in various publications, as well as in the corporate collections of Seabourn and Marriott International.
From Nikolina Petolas’ The Other Avatar Series
Shepherd’s Den, Digital Photography
Turkish winner of the Royal Academy of London’s Hugh Casson Drawing Award in 2014, Sait Mingü defines his style by his contrasting use of elements. Handmade drawings are blended with technology in his portraits, which capture conflicting movement and use layers of bright color palettes to reflect the harmony and complexity of the human spirit. Sait worked as an art director at Güzel Sanatlar, Saatchi & Saatchi until 2006 when he began to pursue art full time. He has exhibited across Europe and the US.
Tree of Life, Digital
Having moved to the United States from Mexico as a child, Javiera Estrada works across a multitude of mediums, exploring notions of diversity across subject and practice. Through photography, mixed medium, sculpture, installation, and film, Javiera’s works capture a spiritual reflection of her memories and inner world. She has exhibited in galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and her work is held in private and corporate collections, internationally. Javiera is the winner of numerous awards, including the Certificate of Special Congressional Commendation for the Arts from the United States Congress.
From Javiera Estrada’s The Other Avatar Series
Metamorphosis I, Photography
Combining classical images with icons of modern “street” culture, Marco Battaglini brings the viewer’s attention to the democratization of society and the evolution of knowledge. Garnering international acclaim amongst private and celebrity collectors alike, Marco’s works have been exhibited at Art Basel, Switzerland, Scope Miami, and auctioned at Christie’s, London. In 2021 he collaborated with Kylie Jenner on a special project for Playboy.