25 Awesome Contemporary Portrait Artists

El Mac

Genre: Spraypaint

Known for his monumental portraits, graffiti artist El Mac has painted faces on walls, buildings, and canvases all over the world. Grandmothers are a favorite motif - he has painted local grandmothers from Saigon to Monterrey. The L.A. native was even allowed to travel to Cuba to paint one of their grandmothers. He has also done portraits of Mexican migrant workers on multiple continents, an homage to his own proximity to Chicano and Latino cultures, as well as a comment on the contentious issues of immigration and migrant mobility over U.S. borders.

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