new visual artists

2012 New Visual Artist: Jing Wei

By Bronson Stamp There’s a photograph of Jing Wei in which she’s standing up to her neck in nachos. “I woke up one morning, and there was an enormous pile of nachos in the middle of our living room,” she says. “It was like waking up to a dream!” You won’t find many nachos...

2012 New Visual Artist: Dafi Kühne

Dafi Kühne took a rather circuitous route to becoming a graphic designer. He first fell in love with design during the year he spent studying architecture in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. When he decided that wasn’t a good fit, he dropped out of the program and spent a year working as a...

2012 New Visual Artist: Jungyeon Roh

By Justin Sullivan Soon after Jungyeon Roh began working as an illustrator, she had an unpleasant revelation. “I realized that we are just sitting and drawing all the time,” she says. “It’s really not healthy at all!” Movement is essential to Roh. Born in South Korea, she lived in Seoul for 23 years until...

2012 New Visual Artist: Lisa Hedge

By William Bostwick Lisa Hedge spent her first New York winter in Long Island City, working for Takashi Murakami’s studio, Kaikai Kiki, mixing 3,000 shades of green paint. “It was an insane design experiment in a way,” she says. “Matching what we were mixing to the swatches, making little samples, creating rules for ourselves....

2012 New Visual Artist: Ryan Thacker

By William Bostwick The infographic shows incarceration rates around the world, each country a rectangle in a prison yard, each rectangle a scatter plot of milling inmates. What you notice after a few minutes: The uniform colors are accurate, from America’s eyesore orange to France’s proletarian blue. What you notice after a few more...

2012 New Visual Artist: Olimpia Zagnoli

By Jane Lerner Cover for Green Like July’s album “Four-Legged Fortune,” 2010 Olimpia Zagnoli, it can be said, is the youngest New Visual Artist ever. Born on February 29, 1984—a leap day—she has technically celebrated only seven birthdays. “When I was little, I thought I was magic,” Zagnoli says. Though she has so far...

2012 New Visual Artist: Jerome Corgier

By Jane Lerner Looking at Jerome Corgier’s type sculptures, with their suggestive, amorphous shapes, can be a bit like gazing at clouds. In his love for pure typography, Corgier often strips down forms until their meaning loosens. Letters “immediately lose their signification when you play with them,” he says, “and with that I can...

2012 New Visual Artist: Kelsey Dake

Kelsey Dake doesn’t like to submit sketches, prefers conceptual assignments to literal ones, is bored by long deadlines, and loves same-day turnarounds. Her talent is apparent, but her impatience has served her well as a young illustrator. She moved to New York after graduating in 2010 from the Art Center College of Design, in...

2012 New Visual Artist: Casper Heijkenskjöld

There is nothing better than getting paid to do what you love—except, perhaps, learning it from the person you admire the most. “Since I was about 12, I knew I wanted to draw for a living,” says Casper Heijkenskjöld. His role model was Stefan Sagmeister. So in Heijkenskjöld’s sophomore year of college, he e-mailed...

2012 New Visual Artist: Drea Zlanabitnig

By Ian Volner “When she started out, she was in awe of everything, completely sweet and lovely and terrific,” says Pentagram’s Paula Scher. “Now she’s still that, but she’s also savvy as all get out.” Scher is talking about Drea Zlanabitnig, a graphic designer who at the ripe old age of 25 has managed...