RIOT ART GALLERY: A curated selection of art for the next generation collector

Introducing the fabulous goddesses of Laima!

InterviewsErika Belavy

We're pleased to introduce you to Laima Namajunaite,  an emerging artist based out of Lithuania.

In her artworks, Laima shares sensitive, at times slightly erotic moments. Her subjects, covered in deep bright colours. Despite having a look of strong yet fabulous personalities, sometimes their poses and eyes tell different story – revealing vulnerability, shyness, confusion. We had a chat with Laima to learn more about her work

Inside Berlin: The OTHER Lab

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The OTHER Lab is one of many new nights being programmed at Neukölln's Café Futura, a self proclaimed "queer performance bar," but the Lab is unique in that it is an invitation for works-in-progress. Founders Sabine Jay and the Marquis de Shade, both members of the increasingly popular drag collective The Real Housewives of Neukölln, conceptualize the evening as a safe space where new performance work can be debuted, or established works can be revamped. Artists of all levels are invited to take part, from amateurs eager to try something new, to seasoned professionals workshopping their latest project.

Riot Art's Holiday Gift Guide!

TipsErika Belavy

Stuck for a gift idea? Add a touch of cool to your gift giving this season with a work of art! Not only will you be supporting an emerging artist, but you'll also give your loved ones a unique gift that literally no one else could: ORIGINAL ART. Especially helpful for the friend who has it all or the significant other who has renounced the capitalist hold of holiday consumerism.

The Mystical Heroines of RADA

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We have the great pleasure of introducing you to the magically colourful works of Rada! Saturated in symbolism, Rada’s works are based on strict classical composition and rhythm, yet her color palette is full of energy, her heroines are mysterious, and her style is boldly expressive.

Rada’s art explores the female archetypes that doze in the depths of ancient memory of all women. Her paintings depict the silhouettes of goddesses, the force of motherhood and the power of female loneliness. Rada invites the audience to journey through the evolution of a women’s soul: from young maiden to wise old woman through seemingly unconnected symbols.

Bold colours with Renata Kacova!

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We are pleased to present a stunning collection of works from Slovakian artist Renata Kacova!


Renata Kacova

Renata Kacova is a self-taught artist from Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. After completing her degree in psychology, Renata went on to study drawing and painting. Her works are a reflection of her thoughts, emotions, memories, and the everyday objects present in her life. She is inspired all that surrounds her: people and their stories, nature.  Renata has received numerous awards for her work. Her paintings have been exhibited at a national level. 

A taste of Wanderlust with Erika Belavy

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This month we are pleased to feature the works of Erika Belavy. A self-taught photographer and the founder of Riot Art, Erika began communicating through art in her childhood. It wasn't until she moved to Paris, France, nearly a decade ago, that her passion for photography expanded.

"You are the Poetry"

"You are the Poetry"

As a strong believer in the power of art and the internet to raise consciousness in the world, Erika has dedicated herself entirely to this field. Intersecting travel, nature and spirituality as her sources of inspiration, Erika aims to explore the duality of solitude and inter-connectedness in her work, questioning the collective ego and individualist mindset.

Her work is currently being displayed in Paris, France. If you're in town check it out at 23 rue du Rocher, 75008. 

Keep Smiling with Coco Wasabi

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It's a wild world. Thankfully there artists like Coco Wasabi out there, who know how to touch on relevant issues in a way challenges our views, while brining smiles to our faces. Currently based out of Barcelona, Coco has created a bunch of new works, and we're delighted to showcase them here for your viewing pleasure! 

"Keep Smiling" by Coco Wasabi

"Keep Smiling" by Coco Wasabi

New Works by Marta Zawadzka

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We're delighted to bring you these brand new works straight from the studio of Marta Zawadzka!

"Red City" Acrylic, Ink and Spray Paint on Canvas. 120 x 110cm. Ready to hang.

"Red City" Acrylic, Ink and Spray Paint on Canvas. 120 x 110cm. Ready to hang.

"Somewhere in Signapore" Acrylic, Ink and Spray Paint on Canvas. 120 x 120 cm. Ready to hang.

"Somewhere in Signapore" Acrylic, Ink and Spray Paint on Canvas. 120 x 120 cm. Ready to hang.


Marta Zawadzka was born in 1981 in Bialystok, Poland and currently lives and works in Warsaw. Using her background in art and architecture as well as her extensive experiences in design Marta favours working in large scale with her paintings and installations. Marta has worked with mega brands such as Samsung, Grolsch, Ikea and Chanel. Today her works can be seen in galleries in the UK, USA, Holland, Singapore, Belgium, Mexico, France and Poland.

A Splash of Spring - Vibrant works by Isabelle Pelletane

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Spring is in the air and there is no better way to welcome the season than with a vibrant painting by French artist Isabelle Pelletane. Her lively works, with their superimposed colours, give the impression of spring in a painting. Her assured, dynamic, spontaneous movements with paint are a continuation of herself, becoming a cheerfully coloured fertile compost of celestial gardens!

Remember Me.... - New works by Litto

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This new series by Litto is inspired by the profile images of the people who died in recent terror attacks. Given the rise in superhero films since 9/11, the artist encourages us remember those that lost their lives, not as victims, but as superheroes or legends.

"Batman". Oil and acrylic on canvas. 80 x 80 cm.

"Batman". Oil and acrylic on canvas. 80 x 80 cm.

Litto is a visual artist based in Vienna, Austria. She plays with different mediums from digital to analogue. In most of her current work she uses this RGB color palette as a reference of our digitalized world. 

View the series here.

All of the paintings work with augmented reality using the Artivive app.

Delicate Brutality: An Interview with Svitlana Levchenko

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Svitlana Levchenko is a fine art photographer from Kiev, Ukraine. Her style can be described as an aesthetic of brutality mixed with delicate emotional femininity, diluted with subtle perversion... and we are loving it! Svitlana specializes in portraying people and the world that surrounds them. By using different techniques to "complete" a photo, she fills it with meaning and life. This particular series invites viewers to explore the characters that live in Svitlana's mind. Her work had been exhibited both at home and abroad, and has been featured in several publications. Read on to learn more about this very talented photographer!

Love is in the Air....

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An original work of art is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give, standing the test of time and representing the precious, intimate bonds that we share with our nearest and dearest. Bring home a creative take on romance this Valentine’s Day and show your love by giving the unique gift of art!

Here are our top works to delight your valentine. Click on the image for more info!

Exploring Non-Duality: An Interview with Lisa Stewart

Erika Belavy

There is no doubt that as individuals and as societies we are constantly growing and transforming. Australian-born multi-disciplinary artist, Lisa Stewart explores just that with her intricate collages. Based in Berlin since 2012, Lisa's practice spans across sound, video, collage, installation, performance and live art. Her work invites the viewer to look sideways into mustier crevices of consciousness.  She has a particular interest in the fine line between history and mythology, often working with fable to illuminate fact and explore alternative timelines. 

In her interview, Lisa tells us how her series, Plasia, looks at internalised personal growth in correlation to rapidly ‘advancing’ (depleting) societies, allegorically reflecting an internal cleansing processes. Read on to discover more!

What made you decide to become an artist?

I couldn’t help it. I’ve always been drawn to the application of abstract ideas, dreaming up imaginary worlds, following strange thought spirals to see where they go. I think as a child I was really craving adventures that weren’t manifesting within my Melbourne suburban existence, which was often a bit too controlled and conventional for my liking. Art was one strategy for me to disrupt normality and bring more weirdness and magic into my life. This need then lead me to studying visual art at University, which then helped to push me onto the path called ‘artist’.

What drew you to collage?

I started doing collage as a way of visually mapping abstract concepts in my head that were surrounding larger experiential installations or ephemeral works that I planned to make. At first I only considered my collages as part of my ‘research’ process – but then after awhile I began to see them as works in their own right.

Tell us more about this series. What inspired it?

A lot of my collages work with the idea of “as above, so below”, where the microcosm is the same as the macrocosm, the exterior world a mirror for our interiors. This particular series “Plasia” looks at internalised personal growth in correlation to rapidly ‘advancing’ (depleting) societies. The works allegorically reflect internal cleansing processes, venturing deep into your own muck in order to release some of the junk that builds up. When we spend years in careless states of excessive consumption and exploitation of our resources things can get pretty degenerated, natural ecosystems get clogged or exhausted. You can see this reflected in landscapes around the world and in human bodies alike.

As individuals and as societies we are constantly growing and transforming. Through science and technology we can increasingly manipulate the world around us, we make things faster, more built up. We morph our environments at increasing speed through the constant transmutation of raw materials into products. Sands becomes glass, trees become vampire novels, metals become complex computing machines which in turn can transform thousands of animal remnants into bags of chicken nuggets in a matter of minutes. Matter is getting more and more mixed. Rivers, oceans and human bodies carry plastics and synthetic hormones inside their systems….

I don’t think its all doom and gloom, but it is largely unconscious behaviour. Something on one level we know we are doing, but are not ready to really address because it would mean having to change so many systems and ideologies.

What do you want to accomplish with your work? How are you doing this?

I like to open up new associations, new pathways in the brain.  My works offer viewers a chance to connect ideas that maybe they hadn’t considered side by side before. I’m interested in sharing the reality of illusion, how fantasy can be used to look sideways at a truth. My works seek to broaden understandings of Non-duality (the scientific, philosophical, spiritual concept that all existence is one, inextricably interconnected and that nothing exists in separation). Starting from the concept that all points in time and space are connected, my works envision alternative timelines, blurring pasts and futures to better understand non-linear time cycles.

My works tend to use a lot of humour. I’m often making small jokes with existing logic systems (eg. the format of a news broadcast or a day spa), using their own language to bend their interpretation into something a bit off. I do this to highlight the construction of experience and also to investigate the malleability of accepted realities.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

100% Alchemy of the mind.

Raw Emotional States with Samuel Eyles

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As you recover from the hedonism of the holidays, we have the great pleasure of bringing you the work of the talented Samuel Eyles. His large, stunningly grotesque paintings delve into the raw emotional states of his often caricaturesque subjects, and have titles such as "You'll always find me in the bathroom at parties" and "The gallery was boring so we took our clothes off"

You'll always find me in the bathroom at parties. Acrylic on Canvas. 72 x 84cm.

You'll always find me in the bathroom at parties. Acrylic on Canvas. 72 x 84cm.

Samuel's work address sociopolitical constructs and explores ideas around sexual repression as well as confronting our anxieties and desires, all while creating humour, through tension. Samuel graduated with a BA in Fine Art (Hons) from The Cass school of Art in London. His work has recently been featured in The Guardian and he's had several exhibitions throughout London. We had a chat with him to learn more about his work.

What made you decide to become an artist? 

I’m not sure really. I suppose I don’t necessarily think that you decide to become an artist; it’s just something you are. But perhaps as you get older, you realise that being an artist is more than just being good at drawing (in my case). You begin to realise what things interest you and what you’d like your work to comment on and then ultimately decide to make art your profession. 

Smoke some evil. Acrylic on Canvas. 72 x 119 cm.

Smoke some evil. Acrylic on Canvas. 72 x 119 cm.

Tell us more about your work. What inspires you? 

A lot of the time it’s me and my life, or distorted version thereof. I like to create cheeky scenes, which are both humorous and quite disturbed. I like to teeter on both emotions; I think that’s always my main challenge, to get the balance just right.  

I’m inspired by a lot of found imagery as well, these and photographs of my friends and family are usually the foundations for a piece. 

What is your artistic process? 

Usually an image will pop into my head, based on a funny situation or odd scenario. I’ll use this mental image for the structure of the piece, and then as the painting unfolds you begin to see the real story that you’re telling. The fun of the journey comes with the interesting qualities of the work you were never expecting. 

What do you want to accomplish with your work? How are you doing this? 

I’d like to entertain people and I’d like making people think. I also want to create work that people can relate to (in some bizarre way!) and I’ll do this by continuing to evolve my practise. 

If you had a superpower, what would it be? 

Hmmm, good question. I think I’d like the ability to stop time. Or to know where things are!

Shop Samuel's Work here.

Start the New Year in Vibrant Colour!

2017 Gift GuideErika Belavy

Wishing you and yours all the best for 2017! May this year be filled with much love, joy and of course, art! 

Start the year in style with these vibrant artworks by some of our best-selling artists!

Simple Things . Rusudan Khizanishvili. Acrylic on Canvas. 50 x 50cm, unframed.

Simple Things. Rusudan Khizanishvili. Acrylic on Canvas. 50 x 50cm, unframed.

On the Mad Bridge.  Marta Zawadzka. Acrylic, Ink and Spray Paint on Canvas. 110 x 110cm.

On the Mad Bridge. Marta Zawadzka. Acrylic, Ink and Spray Paint on Canvas. 110 x 110cm.

Emperor.  Heloise Delegue .  Acrylic on Canvas. 130 x 110 cm

Emperor. Heloise DelegueAcrylic on Canvas. 130 x 110 cm

Two in the Past.  Trendafila Trendafilova. Oil on Canvas. 110 x 80cm,

Two in the Past. Trendafila Trendafilova. Oil on Canvas. 110 x 80cm,

The Allegory of Wisdom.  Yuliya Martynova. Watercolour, acrylic & oil on canvas. 120 x 100cm.

The Allegory of Wisdom. Yuliya Martynova. Watercolour, acrylic & oil on canvas. 120 x 100cm.

The wildly colourful and expressive paintings of Marta Zawadzka

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Dive into the vivid colour palettes of Marta Zawadzka with a selection of new works! Based out of Warsaw, Marta's work can only be described as wildly intense expressionist abstractions inspired by distant travelled lands. She draws inspiration from her urban surroundings in the production of all of her work, focusing on the importance of pleasure in harmony for the viewer. Did we mention Slash from the Guns N' Roses is among her collectors? Yes, we can see her soul singing!

Delicate Flight - Yuliya Martynova

Erika Belavy

We're delighted to feature the beautiful work of Yuliya Martinova! London based since 2007, Yuliya received her classical  art training in post soviet Kazakhstan. Then she spent most of her life working in a field of law returning to art as a full-time career and finding artistic identity in 2015. Yuliya's practice combines subtle watercolour techniques and colour intense acrylic blends that create vibrant, or to the contrast, delicate surfaces sealed with oil and alkyd mediums .