"Bridging the Seas with a Boat" by Rob Gonsalves. "Bridging the Seas with a Boat" by Rob Gonsalves. "Bridging the Seas with a Boat" by Rob Gonsalves. (Photo: Mal Mish/Flickr)

6 surrealists you should know

Salvador Dalí's influence lives on in the work of these contemporary artists.

Today the great 20th-century surrealist artist Salvador Dalí is remembered as much for his flamboyant personality and appearance as he is for his output. But that shouldn't diminish just how influential he was and continues to be on surrealist art. Here are six modern-day artists who prove Dali's legacy is alive and well:

Marco Escobedo

"Disintegration" by Marco Escobedo"Disintegration" by Marco Escobedo. (Photo: Marco Escobedo)

This Peruvian graphic designer and illustrator has his creative hands in many different pots, but he has made a name for himself in art circles with images that take portraiture to new realms of the unreal.

The dark nature of the work, made so by his emphasis on saturated colors, doesn't mean Escobedo lacks a sense of humor, however. Images that reinterpret celebrities, sex and material objects don't hesitate to poke fun at the absurdity of it all.

Ben Goossens

Reborn/Goossens"Reborn" by Ben Goossens. (Photo: [x]/Flickr)

Goossens introduced his surrealist work to the world late in life, having spent many years as an art director in the world of advertising. Using Photoshop, the Belgian's work, which makes no secret of the influence of fellow countryman René Magritte's style, creates surreal "dreamscapes" that transport the viewer into an ethereal world.

Jacob Gildor

"Surealist Scene" by Jacob Gildor/Wikipedia"Max and Moritz" by Jacob Gildor. (Photo: Jacob Gildor/Wikipedia)

Gildor is a veteran of the global art scene, appreciated both in Europe and in the United States, where his work has been exhibited extensively. The Israeli artist blends classic methods with modern techniques to create otherworldly images that have been described as longing "for other places and other times." His work is notable for its imaginative power, something the artist himself is aware of. "Imagination is the essence of artistic creation, and will continue to be relevant as long as it fascinates the soul of the artist and satisfies a genuine need in the creative process," he has said. "My surrealism is a part of that constant existence of my life as an artist."

Jon Beinart

One of Jon Beinart's "Toddlerpede" sculptures. One of Jon Beinart's "Toddlerpede" sculptures. (Photo: Jon Beinart)

This Australian artist's work can best be described as creepy. Beinart's best known works are his series of insectoid doll-part assemblages which he "affectionately" calls "Toddlerpedes." He also creates large intricate drawings with strange recurring themes such as birth, death and deformity.

Loui Jover

"Within Sea Walls" by Loui Jover"Within Sea Walls" by Loui Jover. (Photo: Loui Jover)

The Australia-based Jover creates stark yet striking artworks by dripping pen ink onto old paper (often pages of vintage books). His past work makes apparent his interest in the female countenance, but he's also shown an affinity for classic images (like the one above) that strip their environment of everything but the basics.

Rob Gonsalves

"Bridging the Seas with a Boat" by Rob Gonsalves."Bridging the Seas with a Boat" by Rob Gonsalves. (Photo: Mal Mish/Flickr)

Gonsalves has become a favorite of art collectors the world over. Though his work is often associated with the school of "Magic Realism," because of his tendency to inject magical elements into realistic scenes, it's obvious that the Canadian artist's mind-bending works have much in common with Dalí's dreamlike world.


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