Crazily Talented Young Artists You Need to Know


Youth, the time to discover and explore ourselves and our beloved world. It is when we start to figure out what we want to do in our lives, should we just keep chasing after the things our society wants or should we just follow what our hearts tell us to do. While we are struggling to find our aspiration, passion or even short-term goals, these young people have made it.

Athi Patra-Ruga

This young artist is regarded to be South Africa’s most sought-after artists with focuses on photography and performances. He was named as one of the 100 best artists under the age of 33 in Phaidon’s ‘Younger than Jesus’. His work has been featured on the cover of Art South Africa magazine and he featured prominently at the recent 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London. His work exposes a sense of the body, structure, ideology, and politics, which make audiences feel a hybrid construct with no limit in cultural identity regardless of geographical origins, ancestry, or biological disposition. His bold style and sense of humor have shaped contentious issues in contemporary culture.

Samantha Shannon

This 23 year-old- British writer first started writing at the age of 15. Graduated from Oxford University in 2013, Samantha has concentrated on dystopian and paranormal fiction. At the same year, she published The Bone Season, which was soon featured to be among the New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers. Her first novel Aurora remained unpublished. The sequel of The Bone Season has been in store since the beginning of this year.

Check out Samantha’s blog.

Dan Matutina

Being a designer and illustrator from the Philippines, Dan Matutina is famous for his combination of colors with different textures and shapes to tell a story. Co-founding Plus63 Design Co., a design studio that creates brand identities, strategize communications, design and illustrate for print & web, Dan has had commissioned works from Google and Coca-Cola. Believe me, you’ve seen his work before, but you just don’t know it.

Check out Dan’s portfolio.

Mehdi El Hanafi

With the belief that design is the most powerful art in the world, Mehdi El Hanafi, a 21 year-old- author, blogger, programmer, graphic and web designer was born and raised in Morocco. He is the founder of Twen Studio; he also owns a website which shows his artistic work and tutorials in different fields. This young man has been working hard for several years to enhance his artistic skills in illustrations, graphic design, and 3D.

Check out Mehdi’s portfolio.


Ballerina, sailor, sniper, code-breaker, jazz scholar, model, pop writer, this 26 year-old- Canadian young lady has tried them all. As one of the most rising artist recently, Kiesa Rae Ellestad now settles down to be a musician. “Hideaway,” which was composed and recorded in a couple of hours, was among top 12 bestselling single of the year in the UK with its catchy rhythm and undebatable choreography. Having been trained to be a ballerina since the age of 3, Kiesa had an injury that made her give up the ballerina dream when she turned 15. Not giving up, she tried sailing, racing, and even entered the Canadian Navy in which she specialized in code-breaking. Later, as she bought a guitar and learnt to play it on a boat, she applied for a music college by sending them her demo CD, and that was the moment when her life was completely changed. This young lady is an example of girls, and youth in general can do anything they want, they can try anything, and be anyone they want to be.

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