Austin may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it has an equally robust art scene. If you've ever attended the East Austin Studio Tour you have an idea of just how immense the art community is here. You may also have noticed that it's hard to wade through the huge amount of art out there to find something that really speaks to you. For those looking to drill down to the good stuff I have two recommendations. First, Instagram is your friend. Some of my favorite artists in town I first discovered via Instagram. Second, keep an eye on well know galleries for rotating exhibitions.
One of my favorite local artists is Xavier Schipani. I first fell in love with his work a few years ago with his peeping Tom Selleck series and have been following him ever since. His beautiful, political and erotic art work are not to be missed.