From Truman Capote to Anne Rice, Louis Armstrong to Lil Wayne—not to mention all those Neville and Marsalis family members—The Big Easy has never been short on creative talent. Whether it’s literature, music, or any and every other art form in between, this vibrant Southern city has served as an inspiration for those who have called it home, or who have merely passed through its charming, French- and Spanish-inspired streets, for nearly 300 years.
While it may be best known for its vibrant music scene, New Orleans’ history of visual artists—painters, photographers, sculptors, video artists, and beyond—rivals that of any other city packed with sleek galleries and slick collectors. Though the local art community has lost some of its greatest inspirations in recent months—including George Dureau and George Rodrigue—the fierce passion of the city’s established and emerging artists continues to evolve and make NOLA a hotbed of creative activity. Here are 20 New Orleans Artists You Should Know.