5 Female Artists You Need to Follow on Instagram Right Now


In a tech obsessed world, it’s easy to get lost scrolling through Instagram. Friends, co-workers, and total strangers fill our feeds with photos of recent meals, vacations, and even rap lyrics printed on classic paintings. Our desire for new, fresh content is seemingly insatiable!

The choices we make about who to follow and what to like are seemingly simple, but the truth is they can dramatically alter the kinds of goals we set and the kinds of lives we lead. If you, like us, are over playing the comparison, join us in revamping your feed!

Whether you’re the next Frida Kahlo or just dreaming of heading to a wine and paint night with your friends, these five women making a name for themselves in the art world are bound to light you up from the inside out. Your daily dose of inspiration is only a follow away!


Alia Penner

Pop artist Alia Penner’s technicolor world can be spotted everywhere from the streets of Los Angeles to the Coachella stage alongside the likes of Father John Misty. If you can’t catch her work in person, her Instagram (@alia_pop) is the perfect spot to get lost in her collages and retro-inspired photography.


Petra Collins

Although she’s only twenty-four, photographer Petra Collins (@petrafcollins) has been an established artistic powerhouse for years. The Canadian born photographer has received commissions from the Tate and worked with labels like Gucci and Nordstrom. Lauded for her portraits of young women and focused integration of the “female gaze,” Petra’s Instagram was temporarily disabled when she published a shot of her own body hair. Despite the clash with Instagram, Petra posts regularly, and often features curvy muses like Barbie Ferreira.  


Coucou Suzette

Parisian artist Juliette Mallet is better known by her Instagram handle, @coucousuzette. The illustrator and jewelry maker found her way into thousands of feeds by way of her cute and kitschy designs. And the piece that helped her secure her following? An enamel ring featuring a pair of breasts. She says, “That's how it really started: thanks to boobs!” Follow her for fun pins and pieces that feature her signature take on the female body.


Stephanie Danler

Stephanie Danler (@smdanler), the author of the national bestselling novel Sweetbitter, is an Instagram aficionado whose posts challenge every writer stereotype we’ve come to expect. Her feed chronicles her travels to locales like Machu Pichu alongside pictures of her trademark glass of Campari. More importantly, Danler’s Instagram captures her latest reading material and her recommendations will make you feel like you’re the smartest girl in school.



Poland born and NYC based Olek (@oleknyc) uses crochet to create public art pieces that explore sexuality and politics. Her use of colored yarn is “a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our bodies and our psychological processes.” Since the 2016 election, she’s been traveling across the United States to crochet billboard-sized murals of inspirational women like Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony for her project, Love Across the USA. Follow her journey on Instagram for more on her projects and, of course, a selfie or two.

These 5 women are making names for themselves in the art world and online. Call your girlfriends because these ladies are well worth the follow! Of course these are just 5 of the many amazing females artists creating waves around the world. Who would make your top five list? Let us know on our social @RWNbyRawan

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