33 Most Influential 3D Artists to Follow in 2021

33 Most Influential 3D Artists to Follow in 2021

3D art is relatively new in art history terms, but the genre has seen an enormous progression in a short time.

The 3D art world is now a thriving and ever-evolving industry. It is also an artistic medium in its own right. Recently, 3D artists are gaining more recognition in the art world by selling their work as NFTs.

We’ve listed 33 amazing 3D artists working today who capture unique aspects of the genre. Make sure to check them out if you are looking for inspiration for your own 3D art!

What is 3D Art?

In theory, 3D art is any creative work that is 3 dimensional – from sculpture to 3D printing.

These days, 3D art most often refers to the digital rendering of characters and concepts for video games, movies, or other artwork.

3D artists use specialized software and their creativity to produce photorealistic, abstract, or otherworldly visuals from scratch. Cinema 4D or Maya are popular choices. There is also excellent free 3D software such as Blender available for download.

A plethora of educational resources are also available online to help you learn this new form of media. Many of the 3D artists on our list also have a YouTube channel.

Influential 3D Artists to Follow
Let’s have a look at the fantastic 3D artists who have inspired us recently!

Each of these artists uses some form of 3D software to bring something unique to their different styles of art and design.

Beeple
Mike Winklemann (Beeple) is a star among motion designers and 3D artists. He became an overnight household name when he sold an NFT of his work for $69 million.

Beeple gained popularity for being an originator of the ‘everyday’ movement. He creates and posts original 3D art every single day for over a decade. You will see that many of the 3D artists on our list have also joined this movement!

His portfolio shows us a variety of playful and often grotesque reimaginings of familiar pop culture icons.

 

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Antoni Tudisco
Antoni Tudisco is a creative director and 3D visual artist, born and raised in Hamburg.

His 3D rendered characters look like they are on the set of a music video or high-end conceptual fashion shoot.

He has brought his unique flavour to advertising campaigns for Nike, Versace, Google, Sony, and many more.

 

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Visualdon
Visualdon was born in Zimbabwe but is now based in the UK. This 3D artist creates sci-fi-inspired animation, visuals, and loops.

He mainly works with Cinema 4D and After Effects to create his hauntingly beautiful dreamscapes.

The image linked below is a rare still from one of his psychedelic looping short movies.

 

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Fvckrender
This talented digital artist is based in Vancouver. Fvckrender works in many forms, but his 3D work is mainly created in Cinema 4D.

An icy colour palette and geometric forms are a staple of his animation and images.

The disembodied forms in his futuristic 3D artworks remind us of relics from a beautiful but terrifying potential future.

 

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Studio-JQ
Jonathan Quintin (Studio-JQ) is another artist on his list who gets inspiration from the cosmos.

His passion for outer space can be seen throughout his futuristic images. These visions are embellished with neon and candy coloured surprises.

Whether he is working on advertising campaigns for clients (such as Mitsubishi Motors or Tommy Hilfiger) or his freelance projects, he brings creativity to everything he does!

 

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Annibale Siconolfi
Annibale Siconolfi is an Italian 3D artist. His background in architecture is apparent in his stunning portfolio of dystopian cityscapes.

His intricate sci-fi scenes are also influenced by environmental concerns such as global warming, overpopulation, and pollution.

He uses Maxon Cinema 4D, Otoy Octane, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects for his complex 3D modelling.

 

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Sarper Baran
Sarper Baran is a 3D artist and concept designer from Turkey.

His portfolio reveals cinematic visions of a dystopian future. Fantastic characters confront our gaze in futuristic portraits. Neo-noir automobiles seem to sail through liquid cities at night.

Sarper is also a founder of ArtGrab, where you can find more incredible artwork from many 3D artists.

 

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Josh Pierce
Josh Pierce is a 3D artist and motion designer focusing on surreal themes within sublime landscapes.

His masterful use of colour and composition is quickly gaining recognition in the digital art world.

In his portfolio, abstract forms of neon light are juxtaposed with natural landscapes to create surreally beautiful effects.

 

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Marco Zagara
Marco Zagara is a 3D and 2D Digital Artist based in Italy.

He mainly uses Blender to create his playful and dreamlike visions.

Throughout his portfolio, we often see fantasy characters going about their daily business. But, this is a day in another reality, one we can almost recognise from a movie or a dream.

 

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Kaiwan Shaban
Kaiwan Shaban is a photographer who taught himself how to create 3D art during the pandemic.

He utilizes his background in cinema to create unique neo-noir artwork.

His images often show us a mysterious lone figure on a strange journey into an unknown night.

 

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Davansh Atry
Davansh Atry is a self-taught 3D artist from India.

He mainly uses Blender 3D and Photoshop to create his eerie works of art.

Davansh finds inspiration in the aesthetic of film photography and night photography. His skillful use of neon lighting enhances his dark scenes.

 

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Alexy Préfontaine (Aeforia)
Alexy Préfontaine is a 3D artist from Montreal, Canada.

He blends surreal landscapes and digital portraiture to create unique narratives.

We are amazed by the emotional impact of his surrealistically pretty pictures. His complex 3D artworks are focused on colour, balance, and emotion, right down to the smallest details.

 

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Eliseo H. Zubiri
Eliseo H. Zubiri is an art director and designer from Argentina.

He is a master of blending tones.  A dreamy, muted palette complement his cinematic visions.

It is not surprising that many of his surreal narrative scenes are collaborations with filmmakers. He has also worked with clients such as Microsoft and Spitfire Audio.

 

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Lumi
Stepping into Lumi’s 3D world will leave you dazzled. His futuristic designs are rich with colour and full of possibility and positivity.

As well as his freelance projects, Lumi has created incredible images in collaboration with Adobe, Netflix, Universal Studios.

 

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Matt Mills
Matt Mills is a digital artist and software engineer from Texas.

He creates stunning psychedelic abstract designs using Photoshop, FilterForge, and Cinema 4D.

His meditative work invokes a range of emotions. It has also been used by over 300 musicians and producers as album artwork.

 

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Eashan Misra
Eashan Misra is a self-taught artist and self-proclaimed astronaut from India.

He works in graphic design with a background in advertising.

His passion for space is evident in the unique style of his CGI renders of an astronaut exploring daily life.

 

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Dizzy Viper
Dizzy Viper has made one 3D artwork every day for over five years.

He is very versatile in his themes, but automobiles and other modes of transportation are prominent features.

He uses Cinema 4D and Octane Render to create his visions of futuristic cities or natural scenes.

 

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Rolands Zilvinskis
Rolands Zilvinskis is a 3D artist and designer from Latvia, now based in Ireland.

His 3D Art is highly conceptual, with a sci-fi aesthetic.

His humanoid characters are highly detailed and beautifully rendered. Their surreal narratives are also strangely relatable, stirring up a range of emotions in the viewer.

 

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Seventh Voyage
Seventh Voyage’s portfolio is very diverse.

We often see familiar characters from movies and popular culture but in surprising situations.  His 3D world is a wonderland with the vibe of horror or action movie.

The self-described Photoshop addict also uses Blender to create skilful 3D artworks.

 

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Marischa Becker
Marischa Becker is a digital artist based in South Africa.

Her work is mainly inspired by superhero movies and her love of space art.

The contrast of electric skies and natural elements with cosmic characters are a feature in her stunning work.

 

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Liam Pannier
Liam Pannier is a freelance 3D artist from France.

His work follows the narrative of a lone astronaut floating in space or exploring unfamiliar planets.

His beautifully rendered images conjure a range of emotions. As we never see his hero’s face, we can only guess what he is experiencing on his voyage.

 

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Perry Cooper
Perry Cooper is a 3D motion graphic designer from the United States.

He has worked with Cinema 4D for almost 20 years and has an expansive portfolio of 3D motion graphics.

Whether he is rendering abstract forms or product design, vibrant shades of pastel and fluorescent colours are consistent.

 

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Teun van der Zalm
Dutch artist Teun van der Zalm’s portfolio is a range of cosmic formations he calls nebulae worlds.

Inspired by Hubble images, Teun developed his method for creating nebula structures in 3D using mathematics and physics.

Most of his works are 3D animation loops that will leave you starstruck.

 

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Yomagick
Yomagick is a freelance designer and talented 3D artist from Poland.

His work reminds us of surrealist paintings that have come to life.

He combines the beauty of nature with abstract elements to present unique visions of a world that is strangely close to our own.

 

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Ahmed Emad Eldin
Ahmed Emad Eldin is an Egyptian artist. Adobe has listed him as one of  ‘The Most Creative Visual Artists under 25’.

His beautiful 3D renders are very cinematic. They remind us of a surreal dream or a fantastic nightmare.

Ahmed has also won awards for his creative work on Pink Floyd’s last album art.

 

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Boltron
Boltron is a versatile 3D artist based in Barcelona.

His incredible fluorescent forms explore colour, shape, balance, and texture. They remind us of futuristic liquid sculpture in a neo-modern gallery.

He has collaborated with clients such as Adobe, Facebook, and Nike.

 

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Mostafa Khaled
Mostafa Khaled is an art director and 3D artist from Cairo.

He uses Cinema 4D and Photoshop to create his stunning visions of a hypnotic alternative reality.

Mostafa posts daily render of his fluorescent night visions on his Instagram feed.

 

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Fesq
Fesq is a Brazilian 3D artist and art director.

His work focuses on cyborg or humanoid characters who often seem to be in a state of transformation.

These images share a deliciously dark and saturated color palette. It may be a dark reality, but it’s bathed in neon light.

 

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Lorem
This amazing 3D artist has an obsession with geometric forms.

His incredibly realistic renders glimmer with photoelasticity. The motion and colour of his 3D renders have a unique ability to encapsulate the viewer’s emotions.

Lorem creates a new poster of his artworks every single day.

 

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Brellias
Matías Vivanco Brellenthin (Brellias) is a CG digital artist from Chile.

He uses Blender to create stunning 3D images of dystopian landscapes.

Hypnotic tones of neon purple and blue are present in most of his sci-fi-inspired conceptual art.

 

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Shaun Jonas
Shaun Jonas uses 3D Blender and Photoshop for his incredible art.

Movies often inspire his renders. Scrolling through his images, we see recognisable characters and some unique new heroes.

Shaun’s detailed descriptions of each image’s story are a joy to read.

 

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Maskarade
Brandon Bolmer (Maskarade) is a self-taught audiovisual artist from California.

His sci-fi-inspired combination of music and 3D artworks are powerfully unique.

In his portfolio, we see cyborg forms encrusted with gold and jewels, lost in their own narrative.

 

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Tuomo Korhonen
Tuomo Korhonen is a Finnish artist who primarily makes artwork for the music industry.

His surreal characters are both beautiful and disturbing. They are brought to life by his mastery of light and colour.

Tuomo has also collaborated with clients such as Adobe, Netflix, and Sony.

 

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Conclusion
3D art is a hot topic that continues to grow in popularity.

With the rise of NFTs, it is a lot easier to gain recognition and make money from digital art.

If you are looking for inspiration to start creating 3D art yourself, these 33 artists should get your creative juices flowing.

Do you agree with our list? Drop us a comment with your favourite 3D artist under this post!

We are always on the lookout for exciting new 3D artists. If you are a 3D artist, and you feel like you should be considered on this list, make sure to drop us an email at emma@expertphotography.com with your bio, website, and Instagram link!