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Best contemporary mosaic artists you need to meet

(4 min read) I should state that I was quite bewildered when I discovered that some of the most researched topics concerning mosaic art were the topics about contemporary mosaic art. in my book, contemporary mosaic art is quite an oxymoron simply because I’ve always considered mosaic art to be completely timeless and pretty unrelated to any trends that are popular within a particular time period. I mean, it’s more than 4000 years old for crying out loud and it never stopped being created and desired, so putting “contemporary” and “mosaics” in the same sentence always seemed paradoxical to me, but here we are…

Contemporary Mosaic Artwork and Mosaic artist Jason Dussault
Jason Dussault and his famous Superhero Portraits.

We are currently working on a series of articles where we incorporate mosaic artworks to fit or contrast some highly in-demand interior design trends in 2022, so on that note, we’ve already touched on the subject of contemporary in a way.

Contemporary Mosaic design and mosaic artist Eileen McDonough
Eileen McDonough with her handmade Vasco da Gama mosaic artwork.

However, if we take into consideration that mosaic art as a permanent member of any contemporary period throughout human history should depict the topics, scenes, or trends of that particular period, then we can expand on this “best contemporary mosaics” subject. 

Contemporary Mosaic Art and mosaic artists Nezar Stef
Nezar Stef and one of his more traditional works.

Jason Dussault

One of the first names that pop to mind when talking about contemporary mosaic art is most definitely Jason Dussault. Known for his often harshly realistic nostalgic iconography, Dussault manages to keep mosaic art on the top of the game in 2000s. His works carry a flair of urban youthfulness that truly manages to captivate current times within an ancient form of mosaic art.

Contemporary mosaic artwork and mosaic artist Jason Dussault
Powerful Thor created by Jason Dussault.

Contemporary Mosaic Design by Jason Dussault
Murakami by Jason Dussault.

Eileen McDonough

We cannot talk about contemporary without singing an ode to the undeniable versatility when it comes to both topics and forms. One of the most diverse mosaic artists of today is a valued member of our renowned flock — Eileen McDonough. Known for her impeccable use of bright colors and exploration of a huge variety of topics, McDonough’s energetic approach to mosaic craftsmanship raises the meaning of contemporary to a whole new level. Chic and unapologetic, her fearlessness shines from all of her works.

Contemporary Mosaic Artworks and mosaic artist Eileen McDonough
Fernando Pessoa by the talented Eileen McDonough.

Contemporary Mosaic artwork and mosaic design by Eileen McDonough
Perpetua: The Cellist by Eileen McDonough

Jason Middlebrook

Since the very beginning of mosaic art, it was used to transform spaces and elevate them into something else, adding almost another dimension to any wall or floor. No one knows that better than mixed media wiz Jason Middlebrook. His mosaic artworks have been turning mundane sites into dreamlands for years now. His famous outdoor installations named cleverly “Underlife” include tree trunks covered with mirrored glass tiles, so the forest floor looks like a wonderland in its own right.

Contemporary mosaic artwork and designs by Jason Middlebrook
Part of Jason Middlebrook’s “Underlife” collection.

Contemporary mosaics and designs by mosaicist Jason Middlebrook.
Colorful contemporary site-specific mosaic by Jason Middlebrook.

Takako Hirai

We have to agree on the fact that contemporary art, in general, has to be somewhat connected to sustainability, since it is one of the most prevalent topics in cultural life in general. One of the mosaicists whose art incapsulates the movement at its basest form is most definitely the mosaic art of Takako Hirai. Her praised and beloved mused mosaics tell the tale of nature in all of its subtle glory. Subtle gradations of earthy tones, usage of irregular stones, and natural shades are legendary with the mosaic art community at this point.

Contemporary mosaic artworks and mosaic artist Takako Hirai
Instinct by Takako Hirai.

Contemporary mosaic designs by Takako Hirai
Dreamer by Takako Hirai.

Nezar Stef

One of the mosaic wizards from our own rows, Nezar Stef is well-known for his remarkable usage of contrast and color. On the same note, we can’t talk about contemporary mosaic art without mentioning Stef. One of the focal points of contemporary modern is its careless lean into retro, and retro is something Nezar Stef does like no other. His bold use of disparities and clean lines brings retro into the present moment with charming ease and conviction.

Contemporary Mosaic Artworks and mosaic designs by Nezar Stef
Retro Girl, natural marble mosaic artwork by Nezar Stef.

Contemporary Mosaic Artwork by mosaic artist Nezar Stef
Fabulous Teen Spirit mosaic artwork created by Nezar Stef.

These were some of the best mosaicists of contemporary mosaic art. Their favorite materials may be different, their respective styles and creative processes may vary, but their inventive approach to mosaic art is what unifies them in this lil story of contemporary mosaic art. (I still think that’s an oxymoron, but whatevs…)

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M. Belosh

M. Belosh

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  1. Sally
    January 20, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Each of the artists brings her or his unique vision of life into their work. What a powerful and beautiful ensemble of creators!

  2. Katherine
    January 21, 2022 at 4:27 am

    Mosaic art is so interesting and beautiful to me. I love the diversity in the styles and techniques.

  3. Malaika Archer
    January 21, 2022 at 8:21 am

    Mosaics are a beautiful art form. I am developing a great appreciation for these modern pieces. I always associated mosaic art with ancient Greece, but further reading shows much more.

    January 21, 2022 at 10:54 am

    The different designs all look great. I am loving the Thor one that’s brilliant. I never thought I’d see that in a mosaic.

  5. Melissa Cushing
    January 21, 2022 at 11:14 am

    These are all wonderful works of art and these artists are seriously talented 😉 I would love a mosaic masterpiece in my shower!

  6. Paula Richie
    January 21, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    I, too, feel that the term “contemporary mosaic” art is an oxymoron. It has always been timeless.

  7. Pete
    January 21, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    This collection reminds me of how I always visited a local museum with my Dad then. I love Mosaics a lot.

  8. Angela Williams
    January 21, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    All of this is such a unique view of art. Really show diversity.

  9. Rosey
    January 21, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    It’s edgy and cool. These are fantastic!

  10. Sonia Seivwright
    January 22, 2022 at 4:49 am

    The first one is my favourite. It’s mind-blowing how Mosaics can tell a story and be very unique at the same time.

  11. Rhian Westbury
    January 22, 2022 at 6:53 am

    I didn’t realise how many artists did mosaic art! The guy that does the superhero ones are really cool x

  12. Mel
    January 22, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    It’s interesting to see the range of mosaic art available. I would love to have a whole wall with a mosaic.

  13. Whitney Bell
    January 22, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Love your postsing the contemporary artists and my favorite
    is the superhero portrait and the Vasco de Gama mosaic art.
    These artist are very creative and detailed in their
    imagination as it is transfered into art for us to look

  14. Jasmine Martin
    January 23, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    I love the art that these artists have made. I know it must take a lot of dedication to complete these works of art.

  15. Catherine
    January 23, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Contemporary mosaics are such a unique concept to me. What beautiful pieces you’ve featured!

  16. Jupiter Hadley
    January 24, 2022 at 4:37 am

    Wow I have never seen styles like that first superhero one – in such big chunks! It’s so cool, but I think my favorite artist is Jason Middlebrook.

  17. Talya Stone
    January 24, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    What a great introduction to contemporary mosaic artists. I always love to know about the artist behind the artwork.

  18. Paolo
    January 24, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    I love art so much and indeed visit galleries and museums is my favorite thing to do. I love these artists that I didn’t know until today. Good share. – Paolo

  19. Liam
    January 24, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    It is wonderful to see the artist behind the masterpiece and to learn more about their creation and inspiration

  20. Kat
    January 24, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    the artists have different art visions. it’s really interesting unique pieces. I love Nezar Stef’s mosaic pieces.

  21. A.D.
    January 24, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    This was very interesting to me. I have not been exposed to mosaic art so I am not very familiar with it. So many beautiful pieces. I particularly enjoyed the Perpetua: The Cellist by Eileen McDonough and Retro Girl, natural marble mosaic artwork by Nezar Stef.

    January 25, 2022 at 4:33 am

    This is great that they are so varied. I really do love Jason’s superhero mosaics they are so refreshingly different.

  23. sambo
    January 25, 2022 at 6:05 am

    This is what I call Modern Art. Thank you for sharing this. I love those mosaic tiles that Jason made.

  24. Lisa
    January 25, 2022 at 6:28 am

    They are all so talented! I’m not familiar with these artists but they deserve more attention for their work.

  25. Fay Doyle
    January 25, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Loved learning about all these fantastic artists – their work is absolutely incredible!

  26. Carleen
    January 25, 2022 at 11:36 am

    I love Mosaic art. A friend of mine does really neat mosaics of animals using craps from old magazines.

  27. Lyosha
    January 25, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    stunning options! I am positively smitten by the first image. The colors, the idea, the actual work seem perfect to me

  28. Angela Williams
    January 25, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    I love all of these people artwork, I would love to meet and talk to each of them. So creative.

  29. Melissa Cushing
    January 25, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    These are all amazing designs and some seriously talented artists 😉 My husband will lo ve the one from Jason Dussault !

  30. Heather Castillo
    January 25, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Contemporary art is probably my all-time favorite! These mosaics are amazing!

  31. Sami Aisa
    January 26, 2022 at 10:50 am

    It is really nice to learn about the different mosaic artists out there and their unique styles. Their art is beautiful!

  32. Lavanda Michelle
    January 26, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    They are extremely talented. These are truly amazing pieces of art.

  33. rachel
    January 26, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    I’m oBSESSED with those super hero mosaics! They are GORGEOUS.

  34. Lavanda Michelle
    January 27, 2022 at 7:42 am

    Jason Middlebrook and Takako Hirai’s pieces are so nice. They look so different from each other even though they are both contemporary. Thanks for sharing!