7 LGBTQ+ Visual Artists You Should Be Following Right Now

by Dan Allen

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 21, 2021
Originally published on September 9, 2021

Robert Andy Coombs, Sunset at Grand Haven Beach II, 2017, inkjet print on metallic paper, 40 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist.
Robert Andy Coombs, Sunset at Grand Haven Beach II, 2017, inkjet print on metallic paper, 40 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist.  (Source:Instagram)

Once upon a time, LGBTQ+ art lovers had to roam the very earth to catch glimpses of works by emerging out artists in far-flung museums and galleries — and that's if they could even figure out where to go to do so. These days, all you need are the right handles on the 'gram to have instant access to some of the world's most exciting queer artists — including these seven you should be following now.

Salman Toor

In his recent first solo museum show at New York's Whitney Museum, Pakistan-born and New York City-based Salman Toor's beautiful and ethereal works offered a stylized glimpse into the lives of young, queer Brown men residing between two worlds.

Martine Gutierrez

The work of chameleon-esque visual and performance artist Martine Gutierrez showcases her cheeky deconstructivism of glitzy conventions like fashion and advertising to explore themes around gender, race and identity, as often inspired by ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures and deities embodying duality and gender-fluidity.

Naima Green

Brooklyn-based artist Naima Green's work centers on the portraiture of queer, trans, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people of color. Her latest project, "Pur·suit," is a reimagining of Catherine Opie's "Dyke Deck" from the 1990s.

Robert Andy Coombs

Michigan-bred and Miami-based Robert Andy Coombs' photographs challenge ableist preconceptions by documenting his experiences at the rarely-observed intersection of sexuality and disability, inviting the viewer along for a narrative that's at turns tender, playful, sensual and revealing.

Christina Quarles

The work of Los Angeles-based artist Christina Quarles explores the universal experience of existing within a body and the ways race, gender, and sexuality intersect to form our complex identities.

Michael Armitage

In his vivid, dreamlike paintings that have been likened to the works of Titian, Gauguin and Manet, Kenyan-born Michael Armitage challenges cultural assumptions and explores themes like sexuality and civil unrest, bringing unsettling beauty to otherwise ugly situations.

Toyin Ojih Odutola

The vivid multimedia drawings of Nigerian-born and New York-based artist Toyin Ojih Odutola often investigate queer and gender-related themes, as well as socio-economic inequality, the legacy of colonialism, and notions of Blackness as a visual and social symbol.

Dan Allen covers travel and LGBTQ culture for numerous outlets around the world including NBC Out, CBS Watch!, the Los Angeles Blade, Passport and Fodor's.