New York's most important new artists

Get to know a crop of talented twentysomethings who are keeping the city’s creative lifeblood flowing

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The New York dream is hard to kill, which is why artists of all stripes still flock here. And for good reason: NYC is the greatest city in the world, and there’s no better place to be discovered. But studio space is skyrocketing, and even getting something as prosaic as paint and canvas has become complicated. Which begs the question: Have New York’s rising rents killed the young artist? Hell no. Artists are resourceful—they have to be—so they continue to manage while enriching our city with their presence. We surveyed local galleries to see which promising up-and-coming artists they’re rooting for. Meet five of the ones giving the dream a go.

Alonsa Guevara
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Alonsa Guevara

These works combine the imagery of South America with the energy of NYC

Jamian Juliano Villani
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Jamian Juliano Villani

The energetic artist fills her work with images culled from every corner of the city

Aaron Fowler
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Aaron Fowler

The young artist explores his personal journey to New York in his series of mesmerizing self-portraits

Tabor Robak
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Tabor Robak

Take a peek inside the studio of the 29-year-old artist who creates stunning, densely rendered digital worlds

Jeanette Hayes
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Jeanette Hayes

See the work of the artist who took the Internet by storm, earning over 17,000 Instagram followers

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