Retro Futurism Art

what is retro futurism?

Simply put, it was a 60s futurism movement that looked at how the imagined future would have looked like for people during and prior to the 1960s. Think of it as us looking at people from the past, who are looking back at us, who are from the future, or our present moment.


The dubious origins of the term indicate that it was first used by Lloyd Dunn in 1983 as presented by the Fringe Art Magazine (1988 to 1993).


The first trend describes Retrofuturism from the vantage point of the past, while the second trend describes it from the vantage point of the future (our present).


There are several sub-genres that have developed from the Retrofuturism genre, such as Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Atompunk, Dieselpunk, Decopunk, and Raygun Gothic.

retrofuturism art

Retrofuturism art spans across illustrations, film, television, literature, fashion, architecture, music, video games, consumer products, and others.


Beyond architecture and fashion, what underpins most of Retrofuturism art is the curvy, pointy, clean, minimal, and almost electric appearance of objects and machinery.


The Googie style was a common architectural style during the 1940s to 1970s. What characterized this style of architecture was a focus on geometric shapes.

objects and designs

What is also worth noting is the vast selection of objects invented that relay the message of the future, quite literally.


Concept art in the form of illustrations depicts cars, airplanes, boats, and trains that have a futuristic twist.

back to the future, again?

The Retrofuturism world is vast and has been portrayed through almost every medium, from film to fashion. We will find it is an exciting view on the future and all the possibilities of a new age.