The citizens of San Francisco can hardly be summarized in a few words—and neither can the city’s artists. Okay, you’re thinking: what about colorful? Out there? We can agree with those descriptions when it comes to the city's artists. In the best way possible, they push the envelope when it comes to contemporary art. Whether in a gallery or on the street, these artists give life to the strange and beautiful visions in their head.

From the Mission to the East Bay, there are artists beautifying the city in unexpected ways. With rising rents and newer developments threatening to negatively affect SF’s artistic community, these artists are a reminder of the talent that adds even more color to the city. Though just a sampling of the city’s artistic genius, this list of 15 San Francisco Artists Running the Bay Area Art Scene shows the range of creative minds making important and enthralling work.

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