10 Obscure And Amazing Art Movements From Around The World

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The landscape of contemporary and modern art is changing quite rapidly. Not only has art become a global medium, as against being something that was reserved for intellectuals, it has also taken a new shape thanks to enriched participation. The global art movement has now taken several forms, with new and unique ideas creating bursts of new genres around the world. There are several art movements happening in the world right now, and this list features 10 obscure movements that you need to follow.


Fauvism is an art movement that developed in the early 20th century and is one of the first and most successful avant-garde movements. It involves artist expressing themselves using bold brushstrokes and vibrant colors that were usually applied to the piece using the tube itself. Fauvism loosely translates to ‘wild beasts’, and it meant to be a form of individual expression that is un-tethered by academic influences, giving intuition preference over representation.


Yellowism is fairly new artistic movement that began in 2012 and was started by Vladimir Umanets and Marcin Lodyga. For a piece of art to be considered a part of Yellowism, it has to be displayed in a yellow gallery-like space or it has to be signed by a Yellowist. One of the founders Umanets believes that art is open to interpretation, but Yellowist art is only about Yellowism.

Arte Povera

Arte Povera, which translates to poor art, is a form that believes in creating art by using commonplace materials such as clothes, paper and nature. This movement began in the 60’s and mostly included Italian artists who rejected minimalism and modernist abstract paintings. The Italian art critic Germano Celant came up with the name Arte Povera to represent the unrestricted nature of the genre that believes in staying open to using materials from all over the planet.

Stuckism Art Movement

Stuckism is an art movement that was founded in 1999 by artists Charles Thomson and Billy Childish. Stuckism believes in using figurative concepts instead of conceptual art. This art movement has gone international now and is seen in over 45 countries.

The Incoherents

The Incoherents art movement was started in 1882 by a Persian writer and publisher named Jules Levy. The predominant themes in this movement included drawings of children, found objects, parodies of famous art and political and social satire. The Incoherents art movement was not just meant to be a new way of representing art, but it was also seen as a form of public entertainment.

Mannerism Art Movement

Mannerism is an extremely old art movement that began in 1520 in Italy and quickly became famous around Europe. Artists who practiced mannerism believed that real life is too fascinating to be represented in a naturalistic way, which is why they focused more on complexity and virtuosity. Mannerism is derived from the Italian word ‘Maniera’ which means style. Thus this form believes in stylizing art by using elongated forms, irrational settings and theatrical lighting.

Fluxus Art Movement

Fluxus was a movement created by a group of artists in the 60’s. These artists were known for blending different kinds of artistic media to create a new form of art. George Maciunas is supposed to be the founder of this group. Fluxus artists believe that museums don’t have the right to decide the value of art, and they also believed that the public does not have to be educated to view and appreciate art.

Orphism Art Movement

Orphism is a type of abstract art that relies on using cubes to provide a unique structure to visuals. Orphism is also called Oprhic Cubism or Simultaneism and was first named by a French poet called Guillaume Apollinaire in 1912. Apollinaire believed that this form of abstract art gave a musical quality to paintings, which placed priority on light, color and shape over everything else.

Dazzle Camouflage

This art movement was developed solely during the World War period. During World War 1 and 2, enemy ships used to resort to camouflaging their exteriors in order to plan a surprise attack. An artist for the Royal Navy named Norman Wilkinson decided to confuse the enemy by painting bold and crazy colors on the exterior of the ships. This was done to confuse the enemy and make it difficult for them to estimate the speed and size of the ship, along with the direction in which it was moving. This is also the origin of the expression ‘razzle dazzle’.


A lot of people find it difficult to interpret art as there could be many versions of truth surrounding the same piece. Intentism is a global movement that believes in removing the obscurity behind art and adding authorship and intent to the messages. Artists practicing intentism ensure that they are clear about what they are trying to convey in order to make art less indifferent to public opinions.