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Activist Artists

Activist artists choose to engage with and start a conversation on a variety of topics, from the environment and politics to race, gender and sexuality. A huge element of what makes contemporary art so important is engaging with current world issues; art is an invaluable tool in providing innovative insight and fresh perspectives where words can fail.

The incredible beauty of the natural world is something that artists have represented for centuries. So when it comes under threat by humanity, it's not surprising that ecologically engaged artists such as Jérémy Gobé, Angeles Peña and Franck Seguin use their art to promote its protection. 

Gender and sexuality also plays a significant role in artistic activism. Belgian photographer Charlotte Abramow's stunning shots explore gender identity, feminism and female sexuality. Meanwhile, American non-binary artist Ryan Wilks' drawings confront the difficult relationship between sexual orientation and religion.

The world of politics is also ever present in contemporary art, with political artists exploring humanitarian issues and our societal values. World famous street artists Banksy and Shepard Fairey both explore a range of political subjects, from war crime to the disadvantages of consumerism. 

Expand your horizons and discover Artsper's curated selection of activist artists!

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Mason Storm, Monkey Parliament, Print

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Thomas Dellert, The End of the love affair, Print

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Our recommendations Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Banc de tournesols, Print

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Thomas Dellert, Italian back alley in Venice, Photography

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Our recommendations Angeles Peña, Hielos de San Rafael (Patagonia), Photography

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Karine Giboulo, Sleep - Gray, Sculpture

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Our recommendations Milan Sanka, UP !, Painting

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Thomas Dellert, Berlin Babylon - Extaz, Painting

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Our recommendations Cheng Chang Wu, Riverbed, Photography

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Sax Berlin, Loving Kindness, Fine Art Drawings

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Claire Fontaine, Untitled (What is freedom?), Print

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24 x 18.1 inch
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24 x 18.1 x 0 inch
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Print

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Eyes on The King Verdict, 2022
24 x 18.1 x 0.2 inch
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36 x 24 x 0 inch
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Protect The Blue Planet, 2022
24 x 18.1 x 0.2 inch
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Horror Business Tomb, 2018
24 x 18 x 0 inch
Print

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24 x 36.2 inch
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24 x 18.1 x 0.1 inch
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Ocean Today Desert Tomorrow, 2022
24 x 17.7 x 0 inch
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Endless Power Petrol Palace, 2019
18 x 24 x 0 inch
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Alice Bag, 2022
24 x 18.1 x 0.2 inch
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$324

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Knowledge + Action = Power, 2019
24 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$13,497

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Wrong Path, Print

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Wrong Path, 2018
24 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$13,497

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Deco Flower, Print

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Deco Flower, 2019
24 x 18.1 x 0.2 inch
Print

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Sax Berlin, Triple Halo Lil' Angel of SoHo, Painting

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Triple Halo Lil' Angel of SoHo, 2022
60.2 x 43.3 x 1.6 inch
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Sax Berlin, Back to Source : We All from Africa, Painting

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Back to Source : We All from Africa, 2022
29.9 x 24 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$6,478

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The Down Crown Crew, 2022
24 x 85 x 2 inch
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No king no war, 2022
78.7 x 59.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$37,791

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Fist & Flag, Print

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Fist & Flag, 2022
18.1 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Print

$486

Our recommendations Shepard Fairey (Obey), L'action vaut plus que les mots (Marianne pleure)., Print

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L'action vaut plus que les mots (Marianne pleure)., 2021
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

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Tracey Emin, You Loved Me Like a Distant Star, Print

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You Loved Me Like a Distant Star, 2016
27.6 x 19.7 inch
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