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This article was published on July 28, 2016


Recognize these emoji portraits of famous artists?

Recognize these emoji portraits of famous artists?


Juan Buis
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Juan Buis

Digital Culture Reporter

Juan Buis is TNW's Digital Culture Reporter, and you should click here. Juan Buis is TNW's Digital Culture Reporter, and you should click here.

Emoji are getting closer and closer to becoming the language of the internet.

LA-based art gallery, Cantor Fine Art, has been creating and sharing custom emoji based on various artists. Their Instagram features their emojified portraits referring to their personal style and artworks.

This fun crossover between modern art and technology makes for aesthetically simple, but instantly recognizable icons, as seen below.

Among fun illustrations it’s possible to find Picasso, van Gogh, Dali and Basquiat.

If you’re not a total art nut, some of them might be harder to recognize. In that case, you’ve just gotten to know a few new artists! For example, check out James Turrell — one of the coolest artists alive today.