6 Young Artists You Should Be Following On Instagram

To say we value creativity here at GG is an understatement. We’re always on the hunt for the next boost of inspiration. While we might not understand a lot of what “younger” generations are into (hello, I still don’t get TikTok), there are some artists out there who are emerging as some seriously inspiring creatives. I don’t know about you, but I was a dummy when I was in my early twenties, so to see people at that same age developing such creative skills is truly inspiring. Here are just a few of the amazing young artists we’re following these days.

Mónica Hernández // 25 // NYC

Painter Mónica Hernández creates incredible works of art that are packed full of color and movement. On her IG, you’ll find snippets of her daily life along with her various works in progress.

Follow Mónica – @monicagreatgal


Gigi Goode // 22 // Los Angeles

Don’t tell me drag isn’t art, because it’s one of the highest forms. If you don’t know Gigi Goode, you should get them on your radar. Gigi is a drag queen, but also an incredible fashion designer and artist. In this image, they used a pair of Sharpies to create this entire scene, not to mention designing and sewing their outfit and “painting” their face, as it’s known in the drag community.

Follow Gigi – @thegigigoode


Alja Horvat // 24 // Maribor, Slovenia

Alja has been on my radar for awhile now, and I have multiple pieces by her in my home. Her illustrations and designs are feminine, colorful and undeniably fun. You’ve likely seen her work at Society6, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and more.

Follow Alja – @aljahorvat


Melek Zertal // 24 // Oakland, CA & Paris

Melek is a young contemporary artist who spends her time between Oakland and Paris. Her IG bio is my favorite, “trashing men one comic at a time,” but she doesn’t hold back on anyone, including the fashion industry. Her work is sharp, funny and delightfully wicked. 

Follow Melek – @melekzertal


Carlota Guerrero // 26 // Barcelona

As far as accomplishments go, being the photographer behind an infamous album shoot (hello, Solangeeee!) before turning 30 is pretty stellar. Since her work with Solange, she’s followed up with numerous high-profile editorial shoots and a collaboration with Rupi Kaur, for The Sun and Her Flowers.

Follow Carlota – @carlota_guerrero

Jada The Kid // Washington, D.C.

Jada is an oil painter from Maryland with an incredible knack for hyper-realistic paintings. Her portraits of everyone from celebrities to custom commissions are beyond amazing. And then take into account the fact that she has only been painting since 2018 and your mind will be blown.

Follow Jada – @jadathekid

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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