More Contemporary Portrait Artists
Clement Mmaduako Nwafor
Nigerian artist Clement Mmaduako Nwafor creates large-scale paintings on canvas using oil paint and collage. After a two-year apprenticeship learning from two master sculptors, he decided to begin painting in 2011. Surprisingly, the artist began showing his extraordinary talent from an early stage and it only took him six months before he began selling his work. Today, Nwafor focuses on mixed-media works that depict women and children in colorful, patterned Nigerian head wraps known as gele.
Australia-based painter Joshua Miels creates vibrant, multi-layered, large-scale portraits that capture human emotion. Using a palette knife and thick daubs of oil paint, his highly textured pieces exude powerful energy and visualize the vulnerability of his subjects.
Italian artist Emanuele Dascanio creates incredible monochromatic portraits using graphite and charcoal. Taking around 780 hours to complete each piece, the talented artist’s hyperrealistic compositions are influenced by his time assisting Italian painter Gianluca Corona, who taught him the oil techniques of the old Renaissance masters. Dascanio’s works feature subjects illuminated in light, highlighting every strand of hair, textured wrinkle, and fabric fold.