Mosaic Art

Abstract vs Realism – The Contemporary Mosaic Artwork Edition

(3 min read) As long as art has existed, so have its critics; thus came the age-old divide between abstract and realistic art, which is always a hot potato in conversations. Classic, realistic art has always been reinforced with huge admiration and revered throughout history. In the days where phone cameras were not available at a mere pockets distance, people needed something else to seal memories of loved ones and cherished places. Realistic art was NECESSARY, and many painters practice their hyper-realism skills solely to deliver portrait paintings, landscapes and scientific sketches on commission.

Times have changed, and the past 100 years has allowed us to snap up memories at the touch of a button…There is now a lot of room to play with what “art” really means.

Abstract art often consists of a range of shapes, colors, and textures that represent ideas in a cryptic, un-obvious way, allowing the viewer to interpret the piece in their own way. There is often more room for interpretation in abstract art as it can mean vastly different things to different viewers. Here are some examples of abstract mosaic artwork:

A contemporary Mosaic abstract tree holds  spiralled white wires.
This inspired abstract tree holds intricately spiraled white wires, giving a hypnotically ethereal aesthetic. The vibe of this contemporary mosaic art is almost spiritual and sacred.

Contemporary Mosaic Artwork of Layered displays of glass, bead, and tile by Giulio Menossi
Turning emotion into imagery, these layered displays of glass, bead and tile take the eyes on a journey inwards, where feelings are better communicated through the eyes than the ears. Estate: La strada delle farfalle, Copyright © Giulio Menossi

A kitchen handmade mosaic backsplash that is bold, geometric lines.
This kitchen mosaic backsplash is far from plain. Bold geometric lines combine with tentacle-esque black decals.

A gorgeous contemporary mosaic art by Mosaics Lab
This beautiful contemporary mosaic art has major energetic and positives vibes. Autumn’s Path Mosaic Art, Copyright © Mosaics Lab

A beautiful spiral contemporary abstract mosaic by Vincenzo Greco
Isn’t the human eye, imagination, and creativity wondrous things? A few well-placed tiles can tell our brain so much! A stunning spiral contemporary abstract mosaic, Copyright © Vincenzo Greco

Realistic art is still very well-beloved today, many artists enjoy maintaining old traditional mediums, while others take a fresh approach to the ancient mastery of photo-realism.

A contemporary mosaic artwork that depicts a parrot.
This parrot is comprised of both paint and mosaic artwork, flooded with brilliant color and those realistic, beady eyes.

Human expression contemporary mosaic artwork by Andrew Bisdale.
Andrew Bisdale captures the intensity of human expression using only single dots of color. This contemporary mosaic artwork effect brings another dimension to what would otherwise be a striking, yet normal portrait. Mosaic Artwork, Copyright © Andrew Bisdale

Architecture Mosaic Artwork
The grandeur of this architecture is not reduced by its mosaic form.

A modern Mosaic portrait of Queen's Freddy Mercury. Mosaic Artwork by  Elena Prosperi
The passion and power of Freddy Mercury are given an extra finesse with blocked mosaic shading. Freddie/ I won’t be a rock star I will be a legend, Copyright © Elena Prosperi

Gorgeous deep sea mosaic design showing a sea turtle.
Deep azure blues and aquamarines envelop this adorable realistic turtle in gorgeous geometry.

Mediterranean scenery mosaic artwork with contemporary beauty, by Mosaics Lab
Mediterranean serenity set in tile. This mosaic artwork meets landscape classicism with contemporary beauty, Copyright © Mosaics Lab

Of course, some artists choose to meet realism, abstract and mosaic art right in the middle! Creating an incredible fusion of old and new;

A gorgeous contemporary Mosaic design of a cat by Lucy Designs
While you can very much tell this is a cat, the abstract shapes and fragmented visuals provide this kitty with something extra. Just look at those eyes! Mosaic Artwork, Copyright © Lucy Langlois

a stunning mosaic artwork of a happy girl. Mosaic artwork of Carol Shelkin
This stunning mosaic artwork appears as a snapshot in time, capturing the innocent joy of a child at play. Happy Girl Mosaic Artwork, Copyright © Carol Shelkin

What are your thoughts? Are you an abstract admirer, a realism fan, or both?

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  1. Fay D
    September 12, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    These are absolutely wonderful. I’ve always been really interested in mosaic work – I think it would take a great deal more patience than I have haha!

  2. Ana
    September 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Each art piece is so unique and stunning! Thank you so much for enlightening us on abstract art and realistic art ☺

  3. Stephanie
    September 12, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Realistic mosaics are impressive because it takes a lot of planning to get them to look so real. But, personally, I am a fan of abstract artwork and always have been.

  4. Krysten Quiles
    September 12, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    I think I prefer realism to absract, but both are really nice. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  5. Amber Myers
    September 12, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I am amazed at the talent of people. These are all amazing. My daughter would want the Freddie Mercury one. She loves him!

  6. Norma
    September 12, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Awesome mosaics! My favorite was the beautiful contemporary mosaic art Autumn’s Path. It’s great how the light changes through the leaves of the trees.

  7. Tara Pittman
    September 12, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    These are so cool to look at. I love the way mosaics look.

  8. Heidi
    September 13, 2019 at 1:00 am

    I really like realism, but I am also a fan of abstract art that looks like real things. Not a fan of the random.

  9. Cristina Petrini
    September 13, 2019 at 4:05 am

    I much prefer abstract art in this art form!

  10. kumamonjeng
    September 13, 2019 at 5:42 am

    I love to incorporate some of this artwork into my home, maybe some abstract artwork.

  11. Ceci Rey
    September 13, 2019 at 7:11 am

    The sea turtle happens to be one of my favorites. I love the cool colors and tones. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Angela Tolsma
    September 13, 2019 at 7:39 am

    I love the child one at the end. I think the combination of the two styles is most interesting because you have to be so creative to make it work in such a way.

  13. Margaret Smith
    September 13, 2019 at 7:53 am

    These are all so amazing. I can’t imagine the time and patience it must take to do each of these.

  14. Shelby
    September 13, 2019 at 9:16 am

    These are all so cool and beautiful. I really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Rach
    September 13, 2019 at 9:56 am

    The Freddy Mercury in mosaic form is just too cool. I’d love to have a piece of art like that!

  16. Flossie McCowald
    September 13, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I’m especially fond of the variations on rainbow colors at the beginning of this post. Each is more beautiful than the last.

  17. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    September 13, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    All these pieces are amazing. I am loving all the colours. Artists don’t get enough credit.

  18. Ashley Rollins
    September 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    I love learning about art. These pieces are so gorgeous. They’re so incredible intricate!

  19. Lina
    September 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I love abstract art and all that it involves such colors, lines and shapes

  20. Sel
    September 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Surely, the time and talent spent on these masterpieces are staggering. I can look at each of these for hours and still be mesmerized.

  21. Eileen M Loya
    September 13, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I love the design for the kitchen backsplash. Oh goodness, I wish my kitchen was that pretty! I love this contemporary mosaic art designs! Beautiful!

  22. Rachel Lavern
    September 13, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    That is actually very very helpful!!! Thank you so much for the amazing info, very insightful indeed.

  23. Shannon Gurnee
    September 13, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    They are pretty in their own ways. I love how different, but similar, art can be. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Nicole Bertrand
    September 13, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I used to think I was a fan of realism, but some of the abstract pieces you’ve shown here are stunning! I guess I’ll have to explore both more!

  25. Agnes Dela Cruz
    September 13, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    The composition, the colors and the art depicts each mosaic pieces are simply great! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Rhonda Albom
    September 13, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    These are some seriously impressive mosaics. I especially like the one of the turtle, but the artwork by Giulio Menossi is very cool with the added 3d aspect.

  27. Sazzadul Bari
    September 13, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I just loved all those pieces of arts. The demonstration was also nice as like as realistic mosaics.

  28. Natalie
    September 13, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    It’s hard to pick a favourite! There’s just something about abstract art that is so poignant. I love it!

  29. Silvia Martinez
    September 13, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    What a wonderful display! I love the mosaic in the kitchen. One day I would have something similar in mine.

  30. Acupo
    September 14, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Both have their own place and beauty. I love mosaic art in general.

  31. Lisa
    September 14, 2019 at 3:25 am

    This was a really interesting read! I’ve never thought about the difference between the 2 before but you’ve given me something to think about!

  32. Krista
    September 14, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Great stuff as always. I was drawn to the paint and mosaic parrot and loved the abstract tree.

  33. Romy Schorr
    September 14, 2019 at 5:32 am

    I could sit and look at mosaics all day. Something about the details and their depth intrigues me.

  34. Kate
    September 14, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Wow, I love these mosaics – particularly the abstract ones… I need one in my house!

  35. Bindu Thomas
    September 14, 2019 at 6:56 am

    These are awesome pieces of work. My favorite was the Mediterranean serenity piece.

  36. Melanie williams
    September 14, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Love a good bit of art. Mosaic is very fun and interesting. Love the cat one x

  37. Brianne Tursi Manz
    September 14, 2019 at 7:31 am

    My oldest daughter would love the sea turtle mosaic. So much creativity and talent go into creating these.

  38. Heather
    September 14, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Ohhhh my goodness, this is definitely my kind of art! So beautiful and colorful!! I think my favorites are the ones that are a specific image, but made a bit abstractly, does that make sense? Like the last one, Happy Girl Mosaic, love that one so much!!

  39. David Elliott
    September 14, 2019 at 10:03 am

    So much amazing Mosaic work there. I really love all of them. But if choose the one I liked the most, I love the Freddy Mercury one. So awesome.

  40. Kelli A
    September 14, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I love mosaic art! Its such symbolic art to me. Taking pieces of this and that and turning it into a masterpiece. To see beyond the simple pieces to the big picture. Amazing.

  41. Neely Moldovan
    September 14, 2019 at 11:14 am

    The freddy mercury one is so cool! I love him so I really gravitated towards that.

  42. Sarah
    September 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I’m not usually an art person but I really love many of these Pieces. Great capture.

  43. Wren LaPorte
    September 14, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    These are beautiful! I am a huge fan of art and would love to have something like these in my own home!

  44. Catherine
    September 14, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I love the Freddy Mercury piece. Lots of great pieces!

  45. Lana
    September 14, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Some fantastic art pieces here, my favourite has to be the layered displays of glass, bead and tile. I would love to own that for my home

  46. Heather
    September 14, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I love all of these pieces! Mosaics are amazing and so detailed. I love them.

  47. Czjai
    September 14, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    These are some amazing artwork! The Freddie Mercury mosaic is truly a conversation-starter. 🙂

  48. Marysa
    September 14, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    These are all great pieces of work! It is nice to have a little crash course in different types of artwork.

  49. Bethany Pearson
    September 14, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    I love mosaic art, it’s one of my favorite styles.

  50. Sigrid Says
    September 15, 2019 at 12:16 am

    I am so amazed at what people can do using mosaic. Aside from the realism portrayed, imagine sourcing the materials! There’s a local foundation here in our city that specializes on mosaci art and I am so awed by their work!

  51. Kara
    September 15, 2019 at 5:34 am

    I love all the colours, these are so beautiful

  52. Ola
    September 15, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Wow this mosaic work is simply stunning! I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen anything like it.

  53. Jeannette
    September 15, 2019 at 6:43 am

    The innocent joy of a child at play mosaic is precious. I love how it captures the innocence of kids playing. It is hard to see it nowadays.

  54. Elizabeth O
    September 15, 2019 at 8:36 am

    I would love to have a splash of color made of mosaics in my bathrooms. It is a very beautiful. I’m impressed with the quality of the creations here.

  55. Luna
    September 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Those were a really stunning mosaic artwork. I love how creative these are. What a wonderful piece indeed.

  56. Courtney
    September 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Omg so many awesome designs!! I would love to add a little mosaic to my own home! Just not sure where yet

  57. Melanie Frost
    September 15, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Those mosaics are amazing. I can’t imagine how much work went into them. I especially love that Andrew Bisdale piece.

  58. Britney
    September 15, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    These are all so beautiful and vibrant! I love the last one of the little girl. So cute.

  59. Candace Hampton
    September 15, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    I consider myself a fan of abstract art, but I have to say that I’m absolutely impressed by these contemporary mosaic pieces of art. WOW! It’s just amazing!! I wish I had that talent. I need these hanging on my wall lol.

  60. Sophia
    September 16, 2019 at 2:32 am

    i love and prefer the abstract art and design and i got some great tips to renovate my room by abstract art.

  61. Jayashree Sengupta
    September 16, 2019 at 6:40 am

    All the art forms look so serene, as if they are speaking for themselves. Be it the paper crafts or the mosaic, all of them are so vibrant and awe-inspiring that we keep on looking at the marvel of the same.

  62. Jasmine Watts
    September 16, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I love the color combination and I’m fascinated with these great pieces!

  63. Echo
    September 16, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Mosaics are so beautiful! I absolutely love how they can be turned into anything!

  64. Lavanda michelle
    September 16, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    This is an amazing talent! The colors at a beautiful clash as well.

  65. Jasmine Hewitt
    September 16, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    i admit i love abstract art. but the freddie piece is amazing!

  66. Joyce
    September 16, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    My kids love to do arts and I would love to introduce them to Mosaic art! Thanks for sharing the wonderful meanings of this artwork!

  67. Dalene Ekirapa
    September 17, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I actually prefer abstract art over realistic art because it’s really basic, just as I love it. Mosaics can seem quite busy and unless the space is really huge, I tend to like abstract art. Looks so good!

  68. Cindy Ingalls
    September 17, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I would say I like both realism and abstract art, though I probably gravitate a little more towards a combination of the two. There is something so engaging about a little bit of realism mix with abstract and vice versa.

  69. Laura
    September 17, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    These are so gorgeous! I just love mosaic art!

  70. Nita
    September 19, 2019 at 8:33 am

    These mosaic art piece looks unique and magical. Thanks for sharing the meanings of this artwork.

  71. Swathi
    September 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    These are beautiful pieces of art work love it unique at the same each has its own personality.