10 Mindblowing Contemporary Cyberpunk Artists You Never Heard Before
Some of the Best Cyberpunk Contemporary Artists that are Still Underground (But Not for Long)
Cyberpunk aesthetics is becoming increasingly popular today, maybe because it has been somehow prophetic.
Born as a literary style during the beginning of the computer age, Cyberpunk is a branch of science-fiction relating to dystopian futures.
Cyberpunk scenarios are usually depicted using a palette of reckless poverty, total social control, synthetic drugs, virtual reality, AI, cybernetics, bio-engineering, and more.
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A brief History of Cyberpunk and its major artists
But it’s with William Gibson’s debut novel “Neuromancer” that the genre was “codified” in 1984 – curiously the same 1984 of Orwellian memory, the same year when the first graphical user interfaces computer, the Apple Macintosh computer, was released.
Cyberpunk comics, or graphic novels, were more or less contemporary – although Judge Dread was published earlier in 1977.
The film industry didn’t take long to understand the visual potential of cyberpunk scenarios, with Ridley Scott’s adaptation of a P.K. Dick novel in 1982 – Blade Runner.
That same year also Japanese cyberpunk was born, with Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo, an opera which will influence the art of animation movies for the decades to come.
If you haven’t read or watch Akira, start from here
Starting in the 90s, video games, board games, and tabletop role-playing games, with cyberpunk settings have been booming – a trend that never stopped – thus allowing cyberpunk illustrators new sources of income and inspiration.
The evolution of computing has empowered graphic artists with tremendous 3D modeling tools, while the rapid changes in society have provided constant inspiration.
So there’s a lot of amazing cyberpunk artists out there, illustrators, photographers, sculptors… we just picked ten here.
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Vzewl – Canada
Vzewl, pronounced Visual, is quite mysterious. Behind the name it’s M apparently a couple from Toronto, Maya and Arnold/Redshift – although their website and Instagram profile feature some Japanese writing
Their art is a mix of 3D modeling, photography, and photo-editing – a grim, surreal, but at the same time realistic cyberpunk aesthetic where dark tints and greys are preponderant.
Weirdly listed on Instagram as a clothing shop, Xsullo makes some of the most disturbing cyberpunk illustration we’ve come across in a while.
Nick Sullo is a Californian 3D artist and matte painter, he’s been working as a digital artist within the film industry for close to a decade, his work has been featured in productions such as Stranger Things and Iron Man 3.
A shocking visual aesthetic combining surrealism with morbid cyberpunk and techno-dystopian signifiers, all rendered with confident lines and fantastically vivid color palettes.
Jung began his career as a concept artist after attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he developed an interest in Illustration and Entertainment Design.
He is now a pretty affirmed 3D artist in the videogame industry, having worked on game titles such as Hawken, Guild Wars 2, God of War III and God of War Ascension.
He is currently working at Sony Santa Monica Studio as a Lead Concept Artist, while also being director/ co-founder of Red Engine Studios. His illustration has also been featured in the worldwide famous card game Magic the Gathering.