Eight young artists you need to follow on Instagram in 2020

Lisa Schittulli, Langue de P****, 2019, graphite on paper, 45,5x38cm, courtesy of the artist



Wherever we live, young artists are among us. They influence us, they make us dream and sometimes they even intrigue us. Who are they? Young artists live in the shadows of a small group of “star artists”. Yet all over the world, their numbers are significantly increasing in art schools. In this article, I would like to draw your attention to these young artists who are passionate about their work. Art is not a gift, it is a misconception to believe in the myth of the “genius mad artist”




Unlike the rest of the economy, young artists struggle to earn a stable salary. Thus, they apply for government money and most of the time they must take a job that isn't related at all to their artistic practice in order to survive. According to a French study carried out by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2019, students abound in art schools: “In 2017-2018, the 44 national art schools under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture welcomed and trained 11,100 students, 66% of whom were women”.


However, their professional integration remains very complex and long as their employment is not stable. In France, more than half of the professionals in the visual arts and crafts industry don't have a salary, including 8/10 of them in the visual arts sector. What is striking is that art schools are really selective with their students but they don’t give them the right education or tools to become successful artists. In his book “Art worlds”, sociologist Howard S. Becker puts it very well: because of a lack of final judgment given by art school, most art students, whatever the method of instruction, never become professional artists and certainly not famous artists. 




Although young artists current situation is alarming, they are exploring new ways of attracting the public’s attention towards their creations. For example, La Biennale de Paname, an artist-run association, is starting to gain widespread recognition in Paris while breaking the rules of the art market. Unlike elitist and pricy contemporary art fairs, the Biennale de Paname is a free event. It takes place at the same time as the biggest annual contemporary art fair in Paris: the FIAC. 

Here's a short list of must-follow young artists in 2020:

Lisa Schittulli

Gullisa enchaînée, 2019, graphite on paper, 45,5x38cm, courtesy of the artist

Emma Ainala

Soft Hardcore, 2018, oil on canvas, private collection

Marius Pons de Vincent

Un café à l'atelier, 2019, oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm

Joel Slotte

Lopunajan festivaaleilla, 2018, oil on canvas, 160 x 120 cm

Katri Tikkanen

Nylon Japan 12th anniversary

Lise Stoufflet

A face II, 2019, 30 x 40 cm, oil on wood panel

Olivia Etienne

Autoportrait ou profil II, peinture à l'huile sur plaque de dibond, 100 x 75 cm, 2019 (détail)

Eléonore Deshayes

Rideau végétal, 2019, oil on canvas,130x85cm


 Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication , « Économie et sociologie du champ culturel », dans : , Chiffres clés, statistiques de la culture et de la communication 2019. sous la direction de Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Paris, Ministère de la Culture - DEPS, « Chiffres clés statistiques de la culture », 2019, p. 11-128 Becker Howard S, « La formation en art », Sociologie de l'Art, 2015/1 (OPuS 23 & 24), p. 33-51

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