Creatives We’re Watching In 2021

The beauty of living in a creativity-infused world is that there’s no shortage of inspiring individuals to spark our creative energy. Whether it’s new creatives we’ve only recently discovered or up-and-coming artistic individuals who pique our interest, inspiration is everywhere. If you need some new, exciting creatives to watch, here’s who is on our radar for 2021.

creatives to watch

Oye Diran | Photographer | @oye_diran

Oye Diran is a Nigerian-born photographer and art director who now resides in New York City. His work is soft, colorful and graceful, resulting in beautifully emotional eye candy.


Annie Fugere | Artist | @annie_fugere

Annie Fugere is a California-based artist whose paintings, sculptures and silkscreen prints explore the nature of life and dreams through the use of symmetry, transparency and pattern. 


Kade Gottlieb | Drag Queen + Makeup Artist | @beatbykade + @gottmik

Not only is Kade a fierce drag queen and currently competing on RuPaul’s “Drag Race” season 13, but he is also an incredible makeup artist with an impressive celebrity clientele.


Oscar Ukonu | Visual Artist | @oscarukonu

Can you believe that Oscar Ukonu’s artworks are all done with only a ballpoint pen?! A self-taught hyperrealist living and working in Lagos, Nigeria, Ukonu explores Black identity and pride in an increasingly globalized world, as well as ideas surrounding Afrorealism.


Alexandra Sauser-Monnig | Singer/Songwriter | @swordsdaughter

Sauser-Monnig can draw the perfect shape of a bruised heart with a blindfold on. If you’re looking for folksy, delicate sounds in your ears, you’ll be bewitched by this delightfully heartbreaking artist.


Balbusso Twins | Artists | @balbusso_twins

Identical twins Anna and Elena Balbusso have been working side-by-side at a desk in their apartment in Milan, Italy, since 1994. They are award-winning illustrators who work has been published on book covers, magazines and more. 


Lanell Grant | Musician + Producer | @lanellgrant

The first time I saw Lanell Grant perform live while 8.5 months pregnant, I was hooked. As the best friend and producer for Tobe Nwigwe, she has had a hell of a year as their trio has skyrocketed into viral fame.


Lane Walkup | Artist | @earthtolane

This playful Portland-based artist mostly uses metal wire as a medium for her work, which ranges from vases of flowers to earrings in a variety of playful illustrative techniques. 


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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram