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Prospect.1's artist roster features a large number of established international art stars and emerging luminaries mingled with an intriguing variety of American and Louisiana artists. This short list includes some of the more emblematic figures who epitomize the striking range of expression and ideas on display.

El Anatsui, of Nigeria, melds African art traditions with Western ideas. His colorfully monumental tapestries use scrap metal and wire to suggest African beadwork and abstract paintings. He's a veteran of major international biennials. (Old U.S. Mint)

Luis Cruz Azaceta was born in Cuba and lives in New Orleans. His work explores issues of identity and exile " either from repression abroad or from catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina here at home. He is widely represented in major American and Latin American museum collections. (CAC)

Sanford Biggers is an upstate New York artist known for multimedia artworks that integrate film/video, sculpture, music and performance. Surreal and theatrical, his work incorporates pop culture and African-American heritage in unlikely combinations. He's widely exhibited in America and abroad. (Old U.S. Mint)

Willie Birch is a native New Orleans artist with a strong reputation in New York. His work explores the underlying affinities of continental African and New Orleans African-American neighborhoods as expressed in the rituals of daily life. His work appears in major American museum collections. (NOMA)

Cao Fei is part of the new generation of YCAs, or 'young Chinese artists," who in some ways are to the present what the YBAs, or 'young British artists," were to the 1990s. Her science fiction-like work recalls Japanese anime cartoons and computer games. She is a major museum and international biennial artist. (CAC)

Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese artist based in New York. His work melds traditional Chinese cultural notions such as feng shui with Western consumer culture in flashy hybrid spectacles. He is a major museum and biennial artist. (CAC)

Leandro Erlich is an Argentine artist whose often large-scale installations use illusionist tactics to create surreal or magical disorientation of the senses. He is a major museum and biennial artist. (Installation, 2200 Andry St., Lower Ninth Ward)

Tony Fitzpatrick is a prolific Chicago artist, former underworld figure and longtime friend of New Orleans. His prints and collages employ old ticket stubs, matchbook covers and vintage memorabilia. (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Center)

Takashi Horisaki is a Japanese artist and former New Orleanian who lives and works in New York. His latex and found-object installations such as Social Dress New Orleans, a lifesize rubber replica of a flooded Lower Ninth Ward home, explore the cryptic effects of time and nature, and have appeared in a number of American venues. (The Heffler, 851 Magazine St.)

Jacqueline Humphries is a New Orleans native and mid-career New York artist whose abstract paintings and multimedia works explore a range of contemporary issues. (Ideal Auto Repair, 420 Girod St.)

Lee Bul lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. Over the past two decades she has achieved international recognition for her multimedia and installation sculptures suggesting dystopian, science fiction-like dream worlds. She is a Venice Bienniale veteran widely exhibited in Europe and Asia. (CAC)

Shawne Major, an Opelousas, La., artist, is known for her fantastical beaded and bejeweled tapestry-like works that meld the African- and Native American beadwork traditions with contemporary social concerns. She is an emerging artist widely exhibited in American galleries and museums. (CAC)

Beatriz Milhazes, who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, is known for colorful works that evoke Carnival decorations, 1960s psychedelia, colonial baroque imagery and high modernism. She is a major biennial and museum artist. (Old U.S. Mint)

Zwelethu Mthethwa is a South African photographer known for his images of Cape Town-area squatter camps, rural townships and, more recently, flood ravaged New Orleans neighborhoods. A major biennial and museum artist, his work deals with the challenges of identity in exile and adversity. (Old U.S. Mint)

Shirin Neshat, a native of Iran living in New York, employs video and photographs to explore human passions and desires in the face of political and cultural oppression. A major American and international biennial artist, she is known for her stark portrayals of women in conservative Iranian culture. (Tulane University, Newcomb Art Gallery)

SebastiÁn Preece is a Chilean artist whose site-specific work resembles poetic archeological excavations in urban settings. He is widely exhibited in major Latin American venues. (Tekrema Center for Art and Culture, 5640 Burgundy St., Lower Ninth Ward)

Malick Sidibé, photography's elder statesman in his native Mali, is known for his striking documentary photographs of contemporary Africans going about their daily lives. He is a veteran of the Venice Bienniale and European museum shows. (McKenna Museum of African American Art)

Superflex is a Danish artist group whose projects examine economic issues, alternative energy and commodity production in Brazil, Thailand and Europe. Known for its innovative efforts with Third World farmers, Superflex's work is widely exhibited in international biennials and other major venues. (Lower Ninth Ward Village, 1001 Charbonnet St.)

Fiona Tan is an Amsterdam-based photographer originally from Indonesia. Her colorfully exotic photographs exploring identity, representation and social issues have been widely exhibited in major European museums and international biennials. (CAC)

Paul Villinski is a mid-career New York artist. For Prospect.1 he transformed a FEMA trailer into an Emergency Response Studio: a solar and wind-powered artist studio. (Installation, Lower Ninth Ward)

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