ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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7 Famous Female Artists in Contemporary Art To Date

7 Famous Female Artists in Contemporary Art To Date

Who are the most famous female artists in contemporary visual art today? And what are they known for?

In a male-dominated contemporary art world, it is undeniable that female artists are still underrepresented and under-appreciated. Despite that, some female artists still made their way up the elite circle of artists who will likely be included in art history texts a century from today. To celebrate International Women’s Month, let’s take a look at the life and work of seven of the most famous female artists in the contemporary art world today.

Cindy Sherman
Yayoi Kusama
Jenny Saville
Wangechi Mutu
Shirin Neshat
Marlene Dumas
Adriana Varejão

One of Yayoi Kusama’s interactive installations—Obliteration Room at the MoCA Shanghai in 2013.

7 of the Most Famous Female Artists in Contemporary Visual Art

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman (b.1954) or Cynthia Morris Sherman is an American photographer and one of the most famous female artists from the USA, celebrated for her intricately disguised and executed self-portraits that usually depict herself in well-crafted characters often addressing social issues, social roles, and sexual stereotypes. She was born on January 19, 1954, in New Jersey, USA, and grew up in New York. She completed her studies in 1976 at the State University of New York majoring in photography.

Untitled #199 (1989) and Untitled #458 (2008) both by Cindy Sherman

Sherman’s rise to fame is said to be her Untitled Film Stills—a 69 series of 8 x 10-inch black-and-white film self-portraits of cinematic quality, portraying various roles reminiscent of film noir and mimicking the stereotypes of the films of that era. Soon after, in 1980, she started focusing her practice more on the details of her costume and lighting, especially when she started using color films in larger print variety.

Untitled #96 (1981) by Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman’s piece Untitled #96 sold at Christie’s New York for $3.8 million in 2011, making it the third most expensive photo print in the market. Two years later, she received an honorary doctorate degree from the Royal College of Art in London. On behalf of the Japan Art Association, in 2016, she was also awarded by the imperial family of Japan the prestigious international Praemium Imperiale prize in painting—a category that also encompasses photography. And in 2019, a retrospective of her body of work was organized by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) is arguably the most famous female artist alive today. Yayoi Kusama is a contemporary artist known for her profuse use of polka dots and her extensive body of work which includes paintings, sculpture, clothing, art objects, performances, and installations. She was born on March 22, 1929, in Matsumoto, Japan, and studied art briefly from 1948-49  at the Kyōto City Specialist School of Arts.

Yayoi Kusama decided to move to the USA inspired by her mentor Georgia O’Keeffe and driven by her desire to pursue international acclaim. She settled in New York in 1957 and soon after approached known artists and dealers to help her. She became a central figure in the New York avant-garde within a few years. 

During her years in the USA, she has shocked the art world through her “Happenings” or the series of impromptu public performances that she organized that addressed socio-political issues. Yayoi Kusama also associated herself with artists and critics, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Lucio Fontana, and Joseph Cornell.

Narcissus Garden silver orbs at the City Hall Chamber, National Gallery Singapore during Yayoi Kusama’s Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition.

Yayoi Kusama became known internationally when she showcased her now-world-renowned Narcissus Garden—an installation consisting of dozens of plastic silver orbs—in the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966 making her the very first woman to do so. This project was financed by her friend Lucio Fontana and caused an uproar when Yayoi Kusama “peddled” each orb for $2 and handed out fliers about herself.

In 2017, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC opened a 50-year retrospective for Yayoi Kusama and featured six Infinity Rooms. And in the same year, she launched Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo, Japan. To date, she has collaborated with big brands Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and Lancome. Today, Yayoi Kusama voluntarily lives in a private mental health facility in Tokyo while she continues to create art in her studio a short walk away.

Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville (b. 1970) is one of the most famous female artists from Europe. She is best known for her body of work that consists of stylized dreamy nude portraits—often self-portraits—with fleshy plump bodies, totally reinventing figure painting. Her luscious yet distorted visual style of painting bodies have evoked similarities to Lucian Freud’s grotesque fleshy portraits. Jenny Saville was born on May 7, 1970, in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and completed her studies at the Glasgow School of Art.

Propped (1992) and Ruben’s Flap (1999) both by Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville was granted a six-month scholarship at the University of Cincinnati in the United States and it was while she studied in America that she recounts seeing a lot of plump women, this would later spark her fascination with the exploration of their bodies as subject matter. 

In 1992, her entire thesis collection was purchased by Charles Saatchi and after graduating, she became a part of the famed Young British Artists movement alongside Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and Sarah Lucas. In 2018, Propped–a self-portrait that propelled her to international acclaim– sold for $12.5 million in an auction. Today, her works are housed in major collections worldwide.

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972) is the youngest in our list of the most famous female artists in contemporary visual art today. Best known for her body of work that consists of Afro-futurist mixed media collages revolving around gender, race, environmental crises, and personal identity themes, often depicted through fusing organic and inorganic objects, juxtaposed to form very surreal imagery. She was born on June 22, 1972, in Nairobi, Kenya, and completed her BFA from Cooper Union in 1996. In 2000, she received her MFA in sculpture from Yale University.

Two pieces from a series called Family Tree (2012) both by Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu’s work also expands to include video, installation, performances, and sculpture. Her art practice also explores consumerism and excess. She was awarded the first “Artist of the Year” by the Deutsche Bank in 2010 and later presented her solo exhibition My Dirty Little Heaven at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Germany. In 2013, a major retrospective of her works opened in the Nasher Museum of Art in North Carolina, USA. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Today, her work is housed in collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum both in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal or the Museum of Contemporary Art, Montréal, and in Tate Modern in London.

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat (b. 1957) is arguably one of the most famous female artists from the Middle East. Notable for her body of work that spans photography, video installations, and film explorations of the relationship between women, the religious and cultural traditions of Islam. Her most highly acclaimed piece Rapture (1999) is a 13-minute two-channel video and audio installation, created using 16mm film transferred to video. She was born on March 26, 1957 in Qazin, Iran, and completed her BFA and MA at the University of California in Berkeley.

A still from Rapture (1999) by Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat’s powerful video and film work often focuses on narratives revolving around themes of gender and society and are more on the abstract or conceptual nature. Although her earlier photographs were political, Shirin expressed that she hopes viewers of her art “take away with them not some heavy political statement, but something that really touches them on the most emotional level.” In 1999, her split-screened video Turbulent (1998) won the First International Prize at the Venice Biennale and in 2009, she won the prestigious Silver Lion Award at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

Shirin Neshat also opened her biggest solo exhibition in 2019 at The Broad in Los Angeles, California entitled Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again. Today, her works are housed in major collections worldwide including the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She currently lives in New York.

Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas (b. 1953) is a contemporary portrait painter and one of the most famous female artists working today. Best known for the haunting, gestural quality of her oil and watercolor paintings, her body of work often explores difficult themes of sexuality, love, death, shame, political oppression and referencing popular culture and current events. She was born on August 3, 1953, in Cape Town, South Africa and studied art at the University of Cape Town until 1975 and then at the De Ateliers—an independent art school in Amsterdam when she moved to the Netherlands in 1976. Later, she studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam until 1980.

Rejects (1994-present) by Marlene Dumas, an ongoing series of portraits painted on paper.

Marlene Dumas became a prominent figure in the mid-1980s art world in Amsterdam. Known for her intense, psychologically charged work, her haunting portraits of oil, watercolor, or ink often depict her friends and some prominent political figures. Her distinct visual style of ghostly figures—created using thin washes with gestural brushstrokes—highlights her work’s intimate subject matter. 

Her piece The Visitor (1995) sold at $6.3 million at an auction at Sotheby’s London in July 2008. Marlene Dumas represented  the Netherlands in the 1995 Venice Biennale, and in 2015, a retrospective of her work was organized at The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

Adriana Varejão

Adriana Varejão (b. 1964) is one of the most famous female artists from Latin America. Best known for her body of work that includes paintings, sculptures, and installations with motifs from Portuguese decors and Baroque Spain. Her work often explores themes relating to the complex history of Brazil, from the ornate styles brought by the conquistadors to the ones brought by the Chinese. She was born on November 11, 1964, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and studied art at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage from 1983 to 1985. 

Green Tilework in Live Flesh (2000) by Adriana Varejão, oil on canvas and polyurethane on aluminum and wood support

In the late 1990s, Adriana Varejão came into prominence through her provocative large-scale series of paintings appropriating elements from azulejos—the traditional decorative Portuguese ceramic tiles. However, her most famous work are the slashes of bloody muscles and guts that spill from tiled walls of architectural ruins. Among these notable sculptural pieces is the Green Tilework in Live Flesh (2000), oil on canvas with polyurethane on aluminum and wood support, as part of the Jerked-beef Ruins collection.

Her piece Parede com Incisões a la Fontana IIWall with Incisions à la Fontana (2001) sold for $1.8 million in 2011 at Christie’s London. Adriana Varejão’s works are housed in major collections around the world, some of which are the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Inspired by the amazing art you’ve just seen? Why not try to paint your own gestural—almost abstract—portraits using ZenART Infinity Series Portrait Oil Paints, professional paints that would take the pain out of painting.

Left: 16 of the Rejects (1994-present) collection by Marlene Dumas, an ongoing series of portraits painted on paper.

If you enjoyed this feature, then you’ll also like our piece Successful Women Who Used Art as Empowerment, where we mentioned important female artists who shaped art history throughout centuries. Which among the famous female artists is your favorite? Share your thoughts below! We’d love to read your comments.




Ardak Kassenova is a London based contemporary artist, co-founder and creative director of ZenART Supplies. Her visual style—contemporary impressionism—share similar aesthetic qualities with those by the French Impressionists. After 20 years of a successful corporate career, becoming a mother to two wonderful girls, and with the continuous development of her practice by taking private lessons from the best artists she could find; Ardak decided it’s time to align her life with her true passion, Art. Driven by this passion and her corporate leadership background, she co-founded ZenART.

My heart and soul were always with Art, and since my childhood as long as I remember myself, I was dreaming to be an artist. I was painting after work, when I had time, and teaching myself through the books, videos, visiting art galleries and museums. I’ve been very curious about different techniques and styles, and therefore accumulated knowledge and experience on a variety of mediums.” 

Read more about Ardak Kassenova in this feature. Say hello to @ardak_zenart on Instagram!

Cindy Sherman, Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Cindy-Sherman
Untitled 199 (1989) by Cindy Sherman, https://www.wikiart.org/en/cindy-sherman/untitled-199-1989
Untitled 458 (2008) by Cindy Sherman, https://www.wikiart.org/en/cindy-sherman/untitled-458-2008
Yayoi Kusama portrait, By 文部科学省ホームページ, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63881752
Marlene Dumas portrait, by Bakhuysfoto, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66575283
Wangechi Mutu portrait, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Wangechi-Mutu
Family Tree (2012) by Wangechi Mutu, https://www.wikiart.org/en/wangechi-mutu/family-tree-2012
Propped (1992) by Jenny Saville, https://www.wikiart.org/en/jenny-saville/propped-1992
Ruben’s Flap (1999) by Jenny Saville, https://www.wikiart.org/en/jenny-saville/rubens-flap-1999
Jenny Saville portrait, https://www.wikiart.org/en/jenny-saville
Shirin Neshat portrait by Manfred Werner – Tsui, CC BY-SA 3.0, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8620426
Adriana Varejão portrait and art, https://www.facebook.com/AdrianaVarejaoAtelier

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