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Contemporary Mosaic Artists Keeping The Ancient Art of Mosaic Alive And Dazzling

(4 min read) Mosaic art is alive and kicking; with many artists around the globe practice the ancient tradition and style, many of these infuse the classic art-form with a surge of contemporary twists — color, abstraction and even typography are no strangers to these mosaicists fingertips!

Nicholas Misani

Born into a family of jewelry designers, this Milan-born artist with a love for typography has infused his digital mosaics with gorgeous travel-inspired lettering. His inspired project; ‘Fauxaics’ represents the culture he represents with thoughtful color-palettes and moody fonts displaying locations upon tiles backgrounds.

Gorgeous Digital contemporary mosaic art
These wonderfully minimal yet elaborate mosaics transport you to the feel of the places Misani is inspired by. © Contemporary Mosaic Art by Nicholas Misani.

Contemporary Mosaic design by Nicholas Misani
The intelligent photography strategy creates the feeling that you are stood there yourself! © Contemporary Mosaic Design by Nicholas Misani.

Jason Dussault

Vancouver-based artist Dussault labors over his truly mesmerizing mixed-media mash-ups of mosaic, resin, and paint — his contemporary mosaic art can take up to 4 weeks to complete. The vivacity of his color-rich and texture-teased pieces are both abstract and realistic and doused in iconic nostalgia.

Jason Dussault working on a contemporary mosaic piece.
You can feel the power and passion Dussault infuses into his craft.

Superman mosaic artwork by Jason Dussault
Crackled, dark negative space halos the iconic Superman in a truly powerful pose whilst the warm, bohemian sun softens. A comic-lovers dream! © Contemporary Mosaic Art by Jason Dussault.

A contemporary mosaic portrait of Picasso by Jason Dussault.
Picasso’s legacy is certainly honored in this cubism-laced portrait — showing Pablo to the world as Pablo saw the world! © Mosaic Design by Jason Dussault.

Jim Bachor

Jim Bachor transforms the battered, grey streets of Chicago by giving a serious mosaic make-over (or should I say; mosaic-over) to its potholes. “Trying to leave your mark in this world fascinates me. Ancient history fascinates me” claims Bachor. Hand-cut pieces of glass and stone create floral and food-themed motifs that stand out from the monotonous asphalt, creating a colorfully playful inner-city haven.

A beautiful and playful mosaic artwork by Jim Bachor.
This sweet treat in the street offers bored walkers a taste of childhood joy and playfulness. © Mosaic Artwork by Jim Bachor.

Food for thoughts mosaic artwork by Jim Bachor
Food for thought, philosophy and … squirrels! © Mosaic Artwork by Jim Bachor.

Mosaic design by Jim Bachor
Simple humor can really brighten up someone’s day, and someone’s street! © Mosaic Design by Jim Bachor.

Isidora Paz López

Isidora Paz López began her striking mural career by lavishing her home country; Chile in the tile art form, her love for mosaicking lies in the ability to go big and make an impact on the community with color, suggestion, and passion, all whilst remaining versatile and long-lasting. “You can use a wide variety of materials, from the most luxurious ones to recycled objects or materials collected from nature.” Themes of nature, such as gorgeous displays of fauna and flora feature heavily in López’ stunning public murals.

A gorgeous blue ceramic mosaic art by Isidora Paz Lopez
A bewitching owl stands proudly, framed boldly by compartmentalized blue ceramic fragments; turning a monotonous concrete structure into a stimulating and vivacious space. © Contemporary Mosaic Art by Isidora Paz López.

Minute details of a contemporary mosaic artwork by Isidora Paz Lopez
The craftsmanship of this piece is in the minute detail, the way in which the mud ripples away from the gorgeously patterned from, the life-giving sheen of lighter notes placed upon the leaves. © Mosaic Artwork by Isidora Paz López.

Beautiful mosaic roses by Isidora Paz Lopez.
This climbing wall of roses needs no tending or watering, all one must do is admire its crimson beauty. Integrating the mosaic with a stone wall effect supplements its realism and charm. © Contemporary Mosaic Artwork by Isidora Paz López.

Benjamin Lowder

Illinois- based mosaicist; Lowder pushes the boundaries of classical mosaic by moving away from traditional materials such as tile and ceramic and using mostly reclaimed and up-cycled wood. His comprehensive and captivating shapes carry themes of geometry and spirituality, strange, fractured imagery and typography suggest one is looking through a strange portal into the past, laced with religious symbols and mystery. “Many of my aesthetic choices about how the triangles fit together in my works are based on the proportions and patterns of natural growth structures” Lowder states about his thought-provoking style.

Contemporary Mosaic design by Benjamin Lowder.
Obvious traces of the recycled nature of Lowder’s materials shine through in perfect harmony with the calming yellows and earthy wood. Icon-like and almost holy, this piece suggests something much more than a pleasing shape. © Contemporary Mosaic Design by Benjamin Lowder.

Soft blue hues contemporary mosaic design by Benjamin Lowder
The soft blue hues of this strikingly geometric display only add to the mystic aura Lowder fuses with a keen mix of natural texture and sacred geometry. © Contemporary Mosaic Art by Benjamin Lowder.

Beautiful and punchy mosaic artwork colors by Benjamin Lowder
Lowder manages to retain the commercial, punchy color of these reclaimed materials whilst re-birthing them into something truly elusive and strange. © Contemporary Mosaic Artwork by Benjamin Lowder.

Mosaic art brings joy to people young and old, whether it’s ancient and historical or deliciously contemporary; its durable nature and boundless versatility make it a modern art worker’s dream! This craft is, without a doubt, timeless.

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  1. Cristina Petrini
    March 25, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Mosaic is an art form which, even in a modern key, has an evergreen pop flavor.

  2. Sarah Trnr
    March 25, 2020 at 10:23 am

    That superman mosaic is epic. It’s so interesting that we think of this art style of something lost to history. I’ve never considered there was a contemporary industry for it.

  3. Melsisa Cushing
    March 25, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I would love the floor of my homes entry way to have our family name in it like the first few pics. What a gorgeous floor and love the added personal touch. People that can do this work so beautifully are serious artists and they have an amazing eye. Love this post and will be back to check out more!

  4. Amber Myers
    March 25, 2020 at 11:12 am

    I love these! I would want some flower mosaics. They are gorgeous and I’d be all about the pop of colors.

  5. Holly
    March 25, 2020 at 11:32 am

    These are super cool. I especially love the word art. I’m kinda a sucker for word art!

  6. angie
    March 25, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    so very pretty we created mosaics in my high school class using colored rice and I love how the projects start out small and grow to large attractions

  7. Krysten Quiles
    March 25, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Oh these are all so fun! I would love to see some mosaics go up in my community, they’d really liven things up!

  8. Bumo
    March 25, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Wow thank you for sharing. My fave was Milano! Great article.

  9. Joline
    March 25, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Dazzling is definitely the right word to describe these! They are stunning and so creative.

  10. I.F.
    March 25, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I love the city name mosaic! Super instagrammable and so pretty as well! I’d definitely want a name mosaic somewhere in my house

  11. Julia Hess
    March 25, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Mosaics are all the rage right now. I have seen multiple people do mosaics in the tile for their bathroom and makes me want to rip out my current tub so I can tile the shower. The superman mosaic is amazing, my son would love one of spiderman.

  12. Kristyn Nealey
    March 25, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    This time of art is always cool to see. I do remember when we lived in SoCal, that there are many places where I saw contemporary mosaic art.

  13. Ny
    March 25, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    These are gorgeous as usual. I love the lettering in mosaic!

  14. Neely Moldovan
    March 25, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    The city names are so cool! I love those!

  15. Stephanie
    March 25, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Mosaics are so neat! My son was just looking at these with me and he loves the popsicle one, especially since he just had one of those popsicles while playing in the backyard an hour ago!

  16. CA
    March 25, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Those are great shots of those gorgeous pieces! I commend you for the time that you have spent on putting all the information that comes with each piece.

  17. Kristen V
    March 25, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful artwork! I would love to see more pictures of this type of art!

  18. Jessica Collazo
    March 25, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    That Superman mosaic is amazing. Love the wood ones.

  19. Di
    March 25, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    It really is such a great art form. They have a ton around the Disney parks too if you’re ever there. We have some in our local shopping mall also. So many mosaic art if you look for them!

  20. CD
    March 25, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    i love attending events showcasing this kind of masterpieces. mosaics are really beautiful. it keeps me asking myself what did the artists think when they created them.

  21. Loise
    March 25, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Wow, those mosaics are incredible. Been amaze on the superman mosaic art, seems I would like to have one myself, lol. They are such a wonderful artists!

  22. Jo
    March 25, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Wow so amazed by your pics. Each mosaic picture in your post speaks a lot about the artist and his creativity. And each one is different in its way. Thank you for introducing me to a new world

  23. Rose
    March 26, 2020 at 2:02 am

    Love these mosaic arts,they are so adorable..!

  24. Taylor oldman
    March 26, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Wonderful to see such gorgeous pieces of modern artwork using an ancient art form. 👍

  25. Srishti Singh
    March 26, 2020 at 3:01 am

    Wow, Mosaics look so great and authentic. They are really a rage now.

  26. Kate
    March 26, 2020 at 4:11 am

    I love mosaics! And that climbing wall of roses looks incredible – I’d love that in my house!

  27. W
    March 26, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Beautiful and amazing art with heart touching colors.

  28. Kathy
    March 26, 2020 at 6:34 am

    I would love a placement like that when I have my own home. It’s very personalized yet artistic at the same time.

  29. Prakhar Kasera
    March 26, 2020 at 8:08 am

    This is really amazing art work. I love art, and these mosaics are really amazing.

  30. Ayo
    March 26, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Such cool mosaic pieces. They make a place pop with cool unique designs!

  31. Marie Phillips
    March 26, 2020 at 8:48 am

    These were all very different than the normal mosaics. I love the roses on the wall.

  32. Chelsea Sauve - Wandure
    March 26, 2020 at 10:44 am

    These are stunning – I love the fusion of art and typography in some, and the super creative endeavour of it all. The Vancouver based artist produces pure genius! Such vibrant colours.

  33. Lia Pontarelli
    March 26, 2020 at 10:51 am

    I LOVE the pothole pieces (especially the one saying it’s not a pothole). They’re fun ways to fix a messy problem. I’ll have to keep an eye open for them the next time I’m in town!

  34. Natalie
    March 26, 2020 at 11:08 am

    I’m impressed by mosaic art. I always wanted to learn but never got a chance. Some of the arts you presented here are really amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

  35. Gervin Khan
    March 26, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Such an amazing work of art, your mosaic work is really mesmerizing. Loved your work mate.

  36. Nikki Hall
    March 26, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I will say that I think some of my favorite restaurants have mosaic art as you walk in the door. I think this is such a cool art form and I really want to do something neat like this on my patio, or in a bathroom when we build a house.

  37. aisasami
    March 26, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Wow, these are amazing modern-day mosaic artists. I never heard of them but I will be sure to check these artists out more!

  38. Barbara
    March 26, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    These artists are amazing! I didn’t know about them but my favorite is Nicholas Misani. I love the color scheme and the ideas too.

  39. Priya
    March 26, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Mosaic work is absolutely gorgeous! You can use it even to pass messages to the local areas like the one which says ‘i am not a pothole’. Nice post!

  40. Catherine
    March 26, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Truly beautiful pieces of art. I am so impressed by the superman piece. These are gorgeous. I don’t often see mosaic artwork these days…truly a rare art.

  41. Candace Hampton
    March 26, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    All of these are beyond incredible! Each piece of art speaks volumes about the artists. I love the different materials used and how they change each artist’s work so much. Beautiful – thank you for sharing.

  42. Sol Razo
    March 26, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    I’m always amazed with mosaic art, and your works are really great! And I would like to congratulate you for that, more power!

  43. Daniel Sierra
    March 26, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Never thought of how was this made, but wow they are amazing pieces of art! I always see one on my way to work. Gonna take a closer look next time I go by

  44. Tara Pittman
    March 26, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    These are so pretty to look at. I really like the bomb pop one

  45. Heather
    March 26, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Contemporary art is by far my favorite. When we look for new art pieces or are in the process of redecorating, it’s always the style that draws me in the most.

  46. Joanna
    March 26, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Benjamin’s work is so beautiful, I would love to have some of his art in my home. It’s simple but yet has a big impact.

  47. Bree
    March 26, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    These are all so cool! That Superman one is just crazy amazing though!

  48. Alle
    March 26, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    These are really fascinating! I especially loved the photo of the roses—incredibly beautiful.

  49. Shana
    March 26, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! The superman one is breathtaking. I am such a comic nerd but I would have loved it regardless. The frog and roses were amazing as well. Thank you for sharing.

  50. CW
    March 26, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    These mosaic creations are truly magnificent. The culture and personal drive add something unique to each of these creations.

  51. Kelly
    March 26, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    I love the variety of medians used in these pieces. I dont have the artistic skill to be so creative. Thank you for sharing these beautiful artists!

  52. Monica
    March 26, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Wow, what a great gift and talent to be able to create such beauty. I love the beauty of the colors in each of those pieces.

  53. advencha
    March 26, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    these mosaic arts are incredibly beautiful. I hope to see these in actual…

  54. Cindy Ingalls
    March 26, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    These Mosaics are beautiful! It’s so classy to have a hotel or city name in mosaic on the floor!

  55. Natalia
    March 27, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Thanks to your website I got to know that mosaic can be so impressive! I love those photos they look just amazing! 🙂

  56. Jenni
    March 27, 2020 at 4:28 am

    These are stunning, I absolutely love those roses! I’d love to try and do some of these in my garden

  57. Sol Razo
    March 27, 2020 at 4:33 am

    I love the place! There are lots of instagrammable pieces and areas that can be used for posting hihi. Nice post😘

  58. Ola
    March 27, 2020 at 5:20 am

    Wow, what a collection of cool and fun designs! I love Jason Dussault’s art pieces.

  59. Monidipa
    March 27, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Wow Chad. I must say, these artists are so talented and their work is so good.

  60. Sundeep
    March 27, 2020 at 8:22 am

    These are some amazing mosaic art I really like the Milano one.

  61. Jocelyn
    March 27, 2020 at 10:20 am

    They were each so great! I loved the photos you shared and will have to start following the artists. I think Nicholas Misani was my favorite though I enjoyed them all.

  62. Brian
    March 27, 2020 at 10:33 am

    I love the Los Angeles one. I’m supposed to be visiting Long Beach next week, but like most of our trips, it’s canceled.

  63. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    March 27, 2020 at 11:08 am

    These pieces are so creative. I can’t imagine what the thought process was like before creating these.

  64. Shruti
    March 27, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Mosaic art is like painting. You can use it to depict simple things like designs to extremely complex emotions.

  65. Lisa
    March 27, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    You’ve covered some great artists here. I’ve heard of Nicholas Missani but none of the others. Their designs are so inspiring.

  66. Joyce
    March 27, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    what a beautiful masterpiece

  67. Susan1375
    March 27, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    I love your art work it is so detailed. Gave you heard of fishbourne which is in the UK ? It is a Roman villa that has some famous roman mosaics, they are beautiful and so well preserved. Your art is timeless and isn’t a fad like some art is .

  68. Angela
    March 27, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    These are all so unique and beautiful! The one with roses is simply amazing!!!

  69. Kiwi
    March 27, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    I live in Atlanta. I need to find out where this Atlanta mosaic flooring is at so pretty.

  70. Viano Dee
    March 27, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    I love mosaic art. These are very nice.

  71. Christa
    March 27, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Oh wow, all of these artists are new to me and all of them are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing them with me!

  72. Doi Bedouin
    March 28, 2020 at 1:18 am

    Wow…. Just look at them!!!! I kept wondering at the potrait… How wonderfully it is made.

  73. angie
    March 28, 2020 at 1:34 am

    love the mosaics so very cool thanks for sharing

  74. M
    March 28, 2020 at 4:54 am

    Wow, these are so cool! My most favorite is the Superman! Instagram-worthy indeed!

  75. Rosemary
    March 28, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Wow. These are amazing mosaic pieces. I particularly love the Picasso one. Such talent and beauty. Thanks for profiling these talented artists.

  76. NAti
    March 28, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Such amazing mosaic art! It is incredible, thank you for sharing them!

  77. P
    March 28, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    I love mosaics and these collection are the prettiest ones I’ve seen!

  78. Laura Schwormstedt
    March 28, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Oh wow all of these mosaics are so beautiful and creative, such a stunning skill to have and a wonderful way to express one’s self

    Laura x

  79. Amanda
    March 28, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    I love mosaic art, some of these are really beautiful!

  80. SB
    March 29, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    These mosaic pieces are gorgeous. This makes me want to visit a museum!

  81. Carrie Rundhaug
    March 31, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    These are super cool! I love how mosaics look and how much they can show us! They are truly works of art.

  82. TWE
    April 3, 2020 at 4:22 am

    I love your website. I’ve never seen so much better website that highlights the grandeur of mosaic art.

  83. David Allen Elliott
    April 3, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Those are really some intense mosaics there. I love that they can even do contemporary art. Love the one of Superman. Looks amazing.

  84. angela k church
    April 13, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    mosaic artist are so very talented and make such beautiful art work

  85. marysa
    April 16, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Those are such neat pieces! I love this artwork, it definitely looks like a lot of time and skill put into each one.