Dora Budor

Budor, originally from Croatia, lives and works in New York. She is the granddaughter of one of the the first-ever woman television directors, as a result her work is influenced by the time she has spent around cinema. Budor collects film memorabilia from auctions to use in her sculptures, including a chest prosthetic worn by a cyborg Bruce Willis in the 2009 film Surrogates.

Dora Budor, One Million Years of Feeling Nothing, 2015 Image via Swiss Institute Dora Budor, One Million Years of Feeling Nothing, 2015
Image via Swiss Institute

Budor has also used props and scenography from such iconic film franchises as The Hunger Games in her piece Action Paintings which saw her be awarded the Rema Hort Mann Foundation New York Emerging Artist Grant in 2014.

In 2015, Budor had a solo show at New Galerie, Paris as well as her first solo institutional exhibition which was held at the Swiss Institute where she reimagined props from iconic 1990's films including Batman Returns.

Cornelia Baltes

German-born Baltes divides her time between London and Berlin. Her playful and colourful canvases are displayed in unconventional way, including being placed on castors as was seen in her 2015 show Turner at Sunderland's Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Cornelia Bates, Turner - Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 2015 Image via Cornelia Bates Cornelia Bates, Turner - Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 2015
Image via Cornelia Bates

41_baltes_ulm10 Cornelia Bates, Tiny Dancer, Kunstverein Ulm, Installation View, 2015
Image via Cornelia Bates

As well as this show, Baltes also had an exhibition at The Kunstverein Ulm. 2016 looks promising for the artist as she will have her second solo show which will be held at Limoncello gallery, London, which starts this month.

Kapwani Kiwanga

Canadian Kiwanga, who lives and works in Paris, is the creative mind behind the United States of Africa Space Agency and the Afrogalactica trilogy. Confused? Then she has done her job. Kiwanga's work aims to narrate an afrofuturist reality which blurs the lines between truth and fiction.

The work was shown at the Tate Modern in 2014. In 2015, the artist went on to be displayed at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, FIAC and at Berlin's Tanja Wagner Galerie. Big things are set for the artist as in 2016 she will have a solo show at France's La Ferme du Buisson and Le Granit.

Guan Xiao

Chinese artist Guan Xiao had her first solo exhibition at Beijing's Magician Space in 2013. Since then her patterned works and sculptures have sent waves through the art world. Her 2015 summer exhibition From a Poem to the Sunset at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, was a triumph.

Guan Xiao, The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture, 2012 Image via Hyperallergic Guan Xiao, The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture, 2012
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Hoosen

Berlin-based Christian Hans Albert Hoosen is quickly becoming known for his rich expressionist imagery. His multi-layered works have a charming chaotic quality about them. He explores shared experience and the human condition using colour to form symbolism. In 2013 and 2014, Hoosen exhibited at Feinkunst Krüger and The Kunstverein Hamburg.

Christian Hans Albert Hoosen Image via Sleek Christian Hans Albert Hoosen
Image via Sleek

Marcel Eichner

Another artist hailing from Berlin, Eichner's haunting paintings are ones to look out for in 2016. His works seem to encompass both the tradition of analysis as seen in 20th century European art as well as Jackson Pollock's expression of the subconscious. In 2013, Eichner was exhibited at New York's McKee Gallery and has been exhibited 5 times at CFA Berlin from 2010 to 2014.

Image via bz-berlin.de Marcel Eichner
Image via bz-berlin.de

Ala Ebtekar

American-based Ala Ebtekar is fast becoming a name in the art world for his works which blend history and myth from his Persian roots alongside science and pop culture. Last year, the artist had a solo show entitled Nowheresville \ 'nä-kōja,-abäd \ at The Third Line, Dubai. Ebtekar's graphics have even adorned trainers.

Ala Ebtekar, 1388, 2009 Image via arttattler Ala Ebtekar, 1388, 2009
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