Instagram is a playground for the visually inclined. It is also a fantastic place to discover new artists and get connected to the contemporary art world. Below are six (6) artists that I think are doing really cool work, and who are kind enough to share with us via this vibrant social media platform. Please note these artists not ranked.

Paul Richmondis an artist based in Ohio trying to challenge modern notions of masculinity through his series “War Paint”. His instagram feed @paulyworld give us a view of his art as well as his personal life. In a combination of selfies, paintings and personal musings Paul lets us in on his colorful world.

Paul Richmond Shades of Strength

Paul Richmond – Shades of Strength

Paul Richmond The Cher Within

Paul Richmond -The Cher Within

Mathu Andersen,@mathu7, may be the queen of genderfucked aesthetic. He is the creative director for Rupaul’s Drag Race and the personal stylist to Ms. Ru herself. His instagram is filled with gender bending self-portraits and hauntingly beautiful images of the world through the lens of Mr. Andersen.

Mathu Andersen

Mathu Andersen

Mathu Andersen

Mathu Andersen

Sophia Wallaceis a conceptual artist specializing in photography and mixed media. If you’re into the world of Tumblr you’ve probably seen her work. Her instagram feed @sophiaaaaawallace is filled with social commentary on gender, female masculinity and non heteronormative desire.

Sophia Wallace - Modesty

Sophia Wallace – Modesty

Sophia Wallace Truer

Sophia Wallace- Truer

Robin Roemeris a lifestyle and portrait photographer best known for her work photographing queer events and celebrities for Autostraddle. Her instagram @robinshoots features an intimate behind the scenes look of the intersection of work and life.

Robin Roemer

Robin Roemer

Robin Roemer

Robin Roemer

Natasha Gornikis a Brooklyn based photographer who has been featured in the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Arts in New York City. Her work focuses fringe culture and sexuality. Her portraits are equal parts haunting and alluring, they seem to leap off the screen and make you ponder the context of the shot. Her Instagram is @ntgornik.

Natasha Gornik

Natasha Gornik

Natasha Gornik

Natasha Gornik

Gabriel Martinez is a Cuban-American artist who works with photography, performance and installation. His recent work with Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania recreated the experiences of queer people coming out in 1980s Philadelphia via Instagram.

Gabriel Martinez

Gabriel Martinez

Gabriel Martinez

Gabriel Martinez

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