Artist Spotlight

As art holds an essential place in the LGBT community, The Advocate strives to shine a light on the work of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender artists who are moving the cultural needle within the artists spotlight section. Discover slideshows from gay art openings across the world with mediums that range from photographs, to oils, to sculpture, and more. Read interviews and profiles of contemporary artists who portray LGBT history, sex, culture, and politics within their works. Browse through the artist spotlight and other sections that celebrate gay culture.

Influenced by native Venezuelan lore, Renaissance masters, and Italian Fascists, Vallenilla's artwork glorifies the male body.

April 19 2014 4:00 AM

Contemporary with J.C. Leyendecker, and Charles Dana Gibson, and heir to the licentious line art of Aubrey Beardsley, Cushing was a mainstream illustrator with a decidedly gay pen stroke.

April 12 2014 4:00 AM

Artist and educator Sergey Sovkov creates a Russian spring with his joyful art of young men at play by the water.

March 29 2014 4:00 AM

Towne's warm gaze infuses his paintings with life, and even love.

March 22 2014 8:37 AM

Marina's work boils down masculine cultural ideas to a few bold strokes in a variety of mediums.

March 15 2014 4:00 AM

Like found objects or the marks and stains of human existence, Smith's work has a seemingly accidental beauty.

March 08 2014 4:00 AM

Charles teases out the exquisite irony in his story-driven drag photos.

March 01 2014 4:00 AM

De Gregorio's mythological portraits disturb and seduce at the same time.

February 05 2014 2:15 PM

The founder of the online magazine Mascular shows the power and mystery of a man's face in his portraits.

January 25 2014 4:00 AM

It seems Samuelson never intended to be a professional artist. Nevertheless he made serene and charming paintings of the handsome lodgers in his mother's boardinghouse.

January 11 2014 4:00 AM