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20 San Antonio Artists You Should Be Following on Instagram 

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You've seen their work, you've heard their names, but have you followed them on Instagram? For a flood of creativity on your feed and a peek into the world of some of San Antonio's well-known artists, we recommend you follow these 20 creatives who are shaping the city's artistic landscape.
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Albert Alvarez
Explosions, war zones, monsters and mosh pits are but a few of the things you’re likely to find when gazing upon the dizzying — and at times NSFW — drawings of local mad scientist and Rhode Island School of Design grad Albert Alvarez.
Photo via Instagram, @disjointed_theories_about_life
Fernando Andrade
Back in 2014, Fernando Andrade reminded some viewers of a young Vincent Valdez via his Blue Star Contemporary exhibit “Tierra y Libertad,” a stellar yet disturbing series of drawings created in response to a close friend’s disappearance due to drug cartel violence.
Photo via Instagram,
Ricky Armendariz
Raised in El Paso with art legend Luis Jiménez among the family friends, UTSA professor and Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency alum Ricky Armendariz creates mystical paintings on wood panels enhanced with fine patterns carved out with a router.
Photo via Instagram,
Ray Tattooed Boy
Live music promos, festival posters, glossy magazine illustrations and San Antonio Current covers are all par for the course for Ray Tattooed Boy, a wildcard pop artist who’s put his own irreverent spin on everyone from Elvis and Tim Duncan to Morrissey and Selena.
Photo via Instagram, @tattooedboy123
Bryson Brooks
Whether leaning toward the abstract or figurative, painter Bryson Brooks maintains a sharp sense of humor that’s played out in his amusing forays into hip-hop.
Photo via Instagram, @brysonbrooksphotos
Sarah Castillo
With fiber, sculpture, painting, drawing and photography among her media of choice, Chicana feminist artist and Más Rudas Collective collaborator Sarah Castillo is the curator behind Lady Base Gallery, an independent art space dedicated to women and members of the LGBTQIA community.
Photo via Instagram, @casarahcasarah
Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Admittedly obsessed with “all things grandma and her two chihuahuas,” Jennifer Ling Datchuk (one half of the San Antonio-based line Dim and Sum) crafts strange, delicate magic from porcelain.
Photo via Instagram, @dimandsum
Ana Fernandez
A multitasking success story recently profiled in the Current’s sister publication Out In SA, Ana Fernandez is celebrated for both her moody, mysterious paintings of houses and buildings and the tricked-out raspsas she sells out of her food truck, Chamoy City Limits.
Photo via Instagram, @anafernandezcom
Angela Fox
Armed with a keen sense of color, a background in printmaking and a fondness for comic books, Angela Fox adds rich layers and patterns to her works (typically rendered in gouache), giving them an intricacy reminiscent of ethnic rugs and textiles.
Photo via Instagram, @angelafoxart
Sarah Fox
A Texas transplant and UTSA grad, Sarah Fox is a multimedia artist concerned with figurative and symbolic work that often fuses history and fantasy, the familiar and the alien, the human and the animal.
Photo via Instagram, @foxsar
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Raul Gonzalez
An aspiring musician and adjunct professor of painting at St. Philip’s College, Houston transplant Raul Gonzalez takes a tireless approach to creation that takes shape in vibrant paintings, drawings, installations and wild, movement-based performances.
Photo via Instagram, @werkin_artistraulgonzalez
Jake Zollie Harper
Among the Alamo City’s best-known glass artists, Jake Zollie Harper employs lampwork (also known as torchwork or flamework) to create covetable skulls, swords, functional objects and oversized marbles.
Photo via Instagram, @zollieglass
Diana Kersey
Birds, insects, fish and flowers adorn the intricate clay vessels and architectural ceramics of Diana Kersey, whose work adorns 200-plus square feet of the Mulberry Avenue Bridge at Brackenridge Park.
Photo via Instagram, @diana.kersey
Mark Menjivar
A lead artist in the long-term art project Borderland Collective, Mark Menjivar is a local photographer celebrated for The Luck Archive — a fascinating book compiling objects, photographs and stories that “use luck as a starting point to explore belief, culture, superstition and tradition.”
Photo via Instagram, @mjmenjivar
Cruz Ortiz
Among San Antonio’s most recognized contemporary artists, Cruz Ortiz is a former Artpace resident whose hyper-local stylings have graced everything from an entryway at the AT&T Center to a Papa John’s pizza box and the Absolut Texas bottle.
Photo via Instagram, @snakehawkpress
Alejandro Augustine Padilla
A self-taught artist and standout of Ruiz-Healy Art’s 2016 exhibition “Dreamers and Realists,” Alejandro Augustine Padilla crafts fantastical three-dimensional works from found objects and unlikely materials like spray foam.
Photo via Instagram, @alejandroaugustinepadilla
Kristy Perez
Simultaneously tough and delicate, multimedia artist Kristy Perez’s aesthetic loans itself to both minimalist sculptures and haunting drawings with such telling titles as Magic Bone and The Baddest Bitch.
Photo via Instagram, @kpz_art
Jeremiah Teutsch
A master of illustration whose work often takes on a political bent, Jeremiah Teutsch has crafted many a life-like portrait for the pages of the Current.
Photo via Instagram, @brujojerry
Vincent Valdez
Combining gritty yet lyrical hyper-realism with a searing social conscience, Vincent Valdez is arguably San Antonio's best-known artist on the national level.
Photo via Instagram, @vvaldez77
David “Shek” Vega
An ever-evolving character who got his start as a South Side graffiti artist, Shek Vega is the proprietor of Gravelmouth Gallery and the mad genius behind the swirling mural that covers the Current’s headquarters.
Photo via Instagram, @gravelmouthgallery
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Albert Alvarez
Explosions, war zones, monsters and mosh pits are but a few of the things you’re likely to find when gazing upon the dizzying — and at times NSFW — drawings of local mad scientist and Rhode Island School of Design grad Albert Alvarez.
Photo via Instagram, @disjointed_theories_about_life

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