This story appears in the May/June 2017 issue of Playboy. Subscribe

Allow us to introduce a dozen artists and designers who use everything from acrylic paint to their own bodies in the service of pushing the boundaries of beauty. Their creations offer resistance, innovation, delirious escape—and in an age of “alternative facts,” we need it all. Click the photos below to view their profiles.

Clockwise from upper left: Natalie White, Fabian Williams, Dabs Myla, Alex Becerra, the Kaplan Twins, Signe Pierce, Abasi Rosborough, Kerin Rose Gold, Whitney Bell