The Best Young Artists to Collect in 2020

As the world’s leading online gallery, Saatchi Art is dedicated to representing emerging artists from around the globe. While some of these artists have been making art for years, many others are just beginning their careers—and will be shaping the future of contemporary art for years to come.

This year, Saatchi Art’s Rising Stars focuses on 35 of these young talents. For this annual list, Saatchi Art curators Monty Preston and Aurora Garrison introduce 35 of the top artists around the world under 35 years old, offering you the chance to be among the first to discover exceptionally talented emerging artists.


While the selected artists work in a variety of styles and address a range of subjects, they are all experiencing a career-defining moment. As they expand their collector base, land group shows, and get featured in solo exhibitions, their stars will continue to rise.

Discover and collect these 35 young art visionaries today—while you still can.

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Monique Barnett
Hamburg, Germany
Joshua Benmore
Essex, United Kingdom
Stephanie Eti Hadad
Miami, Florida, United States
Aimée M. Everett
Austin, Texas, United States
Annice Fell
London, United Kingdom
Paula Flores
Vienna, Austria
Viktoria Georgieva
Varna, Bulgaria
Henry Glover
London, United Kingdom
Zack Goulet
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Yage Guo
London, United Kingdom & Shanghai, China
Xinyu Han
New York, New York, United States
Spencer Harris
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Soonyong
Hong
Seoul, South Korea
Tserendulam Jargalsaikhan
Brooklyn, New York, United States & Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Rodrigo
Jimenez-Ortega
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Katrina Jurjans
Montreal, Canada
Thérèse Mulgrew
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Kenny Nguyen
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Buhle Nkalashe
Johannesburg, South Africa
Adam Norgaard
Tokyo, Japan
Rocio Navarro
Toulouse, France
Francisco Palomares
Los Angeles, California, United States
Madeleine Parsons
Melbourne, Australia
Amber Roper
London, United Kingdom
Yanin Ruibal
Mexico City, Mexico
Abi Salami
Dallas, Texas, United States
Tim Sandow
Wuppertal, Germany
Francisca Sosa López
London, United Kingdom
Allie Stabile
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Piotr Szczur
Kraków, Poland
Chloe Swopshire
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Desireé Vaniecia
Dallas, Texas, United States
Yueying Wang
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Ziping Wang
New York, New York, United States
Jennifer Warren
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Discover Past Classes

RISING STARS ALUMNI

Since the 2013 publication of our very first MFA graduate feature—formerly titled “Invest in Art”—many of the featured artists have gone on to achieve significant acclaim. Discover these talented artists by revisiting past editions of the guide.

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This Year’s Selection Committee

MEET OUR CURATORS

Rebecca Wilson

Chief Curator & VP Art Advisory, Saatchi Art

Rebecca Wilson is Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art. She was formerly a Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London, where she was instrumental in the launch of the gallery’s online presence. In 2007 she created New Sensations, a prize for art students which identifies and supports the most exciting emerging artists in the UK. Prior to joining the Saatchi Gallery, Rebecca worked for 14 years in book and art magazine publishing: she was editor of ArtReview, and before that deputy editor of Modern Painters. She has nearly 2 decades of experience working with emerging artists.

Monty Preston

Associate Curator

Monty Preston is an Associate Curator at Saatchi Art. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A.Sc in Linguistics and Spanish Language Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada. Monty has previously worked at such industry disrupting startups as The RealReal in San Francisco, and BeautyPie in London.

Aurora Garrison

Assistant Curator

Aurora Garrison is an Assistant Curator at Saatchi Art. She has a B.A. in Art History and International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and an M.A. in Cultural Heritage Studies from the University of Turin, Italy. Aurora has previously worked at Christie’s in San Francisco and Paddle8 in Los Angeles.

Hamburg, Germany
Monique Barnett’s surreal paintings are defined by morphed and distorted figures within fictive spaces. Monique begins her creative process by collating found images and arranging them in a diorama-like space and distorting them through a camera lens. She obtained a BFA in Painting from the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has exhibited her work in Australia, Tasmania, and Germany where she currently resides at an artist residency in Hamburg. Monique was a finalist for the Adam Portraiture Award from the National Portrait Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand in 2016 and 2020.

Stella, $320

Essex, United Kingdom
Photographer and painter Joshua Benmore uses pop elements to create surreal narratives informed by politics, climate change, and nostalgia, ultimately creating seductive and vibrant works with headier messages lurking beneath the surface. Joshua holds a BA with honors in fashion photography from Falmouth University in Falmouth, England, and now lives and works in Essex. His work has been widely published, including in Noctis Magazine, Kühl Magazine, Desire Homme, and Lewis Magazine; in February 2018 he was named Radisson Red’s Artist of the Month.
A Postcard to the Sky I Was Under + the Flowers I Picked, $3,000
Miami, Florida, United States
American-Israeli artist Stephanie Eti Hadad explores her individuality in Jewish culture and the role of a traditional domestic housewife. Taking a political yet poetic approach to her art practice, Stephanie creates work in a range of mediums, including installation, sculpture, video, photography, and paper. She received her BFA from the University of Florida, New World School of the Arts in Miami. Stephanie has exhibited her work at Art Basel Miami, Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami, and The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn and London.
Iron Portrait, $430
Austin, Texas, United States
Aimée Everett examines unspoken social mores, beliefs, and experiences she encounters as a woman of color through highly emotive color fields and minimalist paintings. Ultimately, Aimée’s abstract works suggest that what goes unspoken carries a weight that words do not. Born in New Orleans, and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Aimée now lives and works in Austin, Texas, where she was honored with the BossBabes ATX 2020 artist residency. This year, she was also named one of Austin Monthly’s Eleven Austin Makers You Need to Know.
There Will Be Calm, $2,810
London, United Kingdom
Annice Fell explores movement versus stillness with expressive brushstrokes and subdued tones, challenging herself to visually capture the impression of silence through sombre and non-naturalistic use of color. Annice graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in London with a BA in Fine Art in 2020. She has exhibited her work across Europe, the United States, and China, and in 2018 she was honored with the prestigious Richard Ford Award issued by the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
This Way, $1,091
Vienna, Austria
Mexican artist Paula Flores utilizes a variety of materials from organic powders made from pulverized plants to non-organic materials such as found building construction materials, metal, textiles, and paint to create landscapes that represent everyday interactions found in nature. Paula received her BFA from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria and has shown her paintings across Mexico and Austria. Paula has also given talks at art institutions in San Diego, Vienna, and Porto, Portugal.
Habitat, $5,450
Varna, Bulgaria
Visual artist Viktoria Georgieva mixes elements of surrealism, symbolism, pop art, and cartoon illustration into her paintings to render vibrantly colored depictions of the interactions between urban life and nature. Viktoria graduated with a BFA in Painting from University of Veliko Turnovo in Bulgaria. She has exhibited her work at Mutuo Gallery in Barcelona, Gaia Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Gallery Robevtci in Ohrid, Macedonia.
СЕНКИ 89′ | SHADOWS 89′, $2,410
London, United Kingdom
Henry Glover explores the subtleties of relationships in a painting practice informed by the emotive and lyrical nature of the Symbolist movement, building up light washes of color to describe the ephemerality and delicacy of human connection. In 2020, Henry earned a BFA in Painting with honors from Wimbledon College of Arts at the University of the Arts in London, where he lives and works. Henry has exhibited his work at the Crypt Gallery in London and has curated multiple exhibitions, including Traces at Central Saint Martins and Stock Up on Air at the Nunnery Gallery in London.
Everything Goes So Slow, $1,710
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Experimenting with color, line, and bold graphic shapes in highly textural works, Zack Goulet’s paintings emphasize the relevance of handcrafted works in a digitally-saturated world. Based in Chicago, Zack received his BFA in Painting from the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has participated in a number of gallery exhibitions in Chicago at the Hairpin Arts Center, ARC Gallery, and the Three Seeds Gallery.
EM’s Music Room, $2,100
London, United Kingdom & Shanghai, China
Based in Shanghai and London, artist Yage Guo captures intimate moments from the backseat of cars to meetings at coffee shops. Her dreamlike compositions and expressive brushstrokes entrance the viewer in a moment in time. Yage received her BFA from Slade School of Fine Art at University College London in 2020 and has exhibited at Crypt Gallery in London, IZO Gallery in Moscow, and PMQ Gallery in Hong Kong.
A Pair of Soul, $5,000
New York, New York, United States
Based in New York City, Chinese artist Xinyu Han’s work revolves around the alienation and loneliness of people living in densely populated cities like New York and Shanghai. Xinyu received her BA in Fine Art (Honors) from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2020. She has exhibited her work at Chelsea Gallery in New York City and was nominated for the Will Barnet Student Show at The Annual National Arts Club in New York City in 2020.
Blind Leading the Blind, $3,470
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Finding a balance between amusement and discomfort, Spencer Harris’ paintings utilize pop culture and dark humor to represent his childhood growing up in the American South. Spencer received his BFA in Studio Art from Texas State University in San Marcos and his MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2020. Spencer has shown his work internationally at Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, Baby Blue Gallery in Chicago, Flushing in Brooklyn, and the Carlsberg Byens Gallery in Copenhagen.
Stone Walls, $4,350
Seoul, South Korea
Soonyong Hong’s quietly contemplative sculptures immediately create a space of serenity using minimalist forms and saturated hues. The sculptor graduated from the College of Sculpture at Kyungwon University in Seongnam-si, South Korea. He has widely exhibited his sculptures across Seoul at Sejong Art Center, Artsebin Gallery, and Sijac Gallery.
The Inside Space, $1,860
Brooklyn, New York, United States & Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Inspired by her upbringing in Mongolia, Tserendulam Jargalsaikhan is interested in revealing how different aspects of