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insta files friday: phenomenal female painters

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It's easy for our Instagram feeds to become monotonous, filled with shots of latte art and perfectly styled selfies. After a while we start to crave more of the unexpected—and who captures the unexpected better than artists? Female artists bring a burst of color, innovation, and serious inspiration to our daily smartphone strolling, so we've come to rely on them for some major aesthetic enhancement to our everyday lives.

These 10 women painters create completely unique works of art using some brushes, oil pastels, paint rollers, spray paint—and sometimes a little more. Whether they make their paintings on the street or in the studio, these creatives never fail to keep us amazed.

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If her Instagram is any indication, Charmaine Olivia's life is just as colorful as her vibrant, rainbow paintings of women, mermaids, and flowers. She sells her magical creations on Society6.


When she's not busy modeling for IMG, this London gal sets up shop painting in her gallery. Her portraits are a combination of grotesque and beautiful, making them truly remarkable works of art.


This oil painter's creations bring together soft lines and vibrant colors to create works that have a melted quality, as if traditional paintings featuring women and other figures had been slowly blurred into a breathtaking modern rendering.


Talk about multi-talented: Rosson Crow's artwork took to the runways this past NYFW as she painted dresses for Jeremy Scott's FW 2015 collection. Her photographs are as whimsical as her paintings.


Audrey Kawasaki paints her images on pieces of wood such as bamboo to create a unique feel and texture. Combining the surreal with traditional portraits, this artist makes her work truly stand apart from the crowd.


Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is bringing feminism to the streets. Her powerful street art makes major (necessary) statements about street harassment like "Stop telling women to smile" and "You can keep your thoughts on my body to yourself."


This London-based Spanish artist is best known for her colorful, expansive murals. Her stunning paintings of women change the face of street art.


A multi-media artist, Shae DeTar paints black and white photographs to create surreal, one-of-a-kind images that have a mystical quality to them.


A major contemporary artist, Shinique Smith's incredible eccentric personal style is just as cool as her graffiti-inspired paintings. Her Instagram captures the beauty (and humor) she sees in the world every day.


Brooklyn-based muralist Maya Hayuk can use a paint roller like no one else. Her rainbow murals and canvas paintings have a wonderful kaleidoscope touch that she achieves all through the perfect balance of lines and color.