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List of famous abstract expressionism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the abstract expressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. You might also be interested in famous post-impressionist artists and famous rococo artists. These notable abstract expressionism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best abstract expressionism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

List ranges from Jackson Pollock to Jasper Johns, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous abstract expressionism artists?" and "Who are the best abstract expressionism artists?"

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Jackson Pollock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Jackson Pollock No. 5, 1948, Untitled - Paul Jackson Pollock, known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip ...more

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Mark Rothko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Mark Rothko Green and Maroon, Ochre and Red on Red, Orange and Red on Red - Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar ...more

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Jacques Rosas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Jacques Rosas Street Art, Oils on canvass from Life - Living Abstract Expressionist and founder of legendary Shop Studios

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Franz Kline is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Franz Kline Le Gros, Chief, Painting Number 2 - Franz Kline was an American painter born in Pennsylvania. He is mainly associated with the abstract expressionist movement of the 1940s and 1950s. Kline, along with other action painters like Jackson ...more

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Clyfford Still is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Clyfford Still 1944-G, 1950-K-No. 1, Untitled - Clyfford Still was an American painter, and one of the leading figures in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately ...more

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Robert Motherwell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Robert Motherwell Untitled (Figuration), Untitled (Ultramarine), Open No. 11 (In Raw Sienna with Gray) - Robert Motherwell was an American painter, printmaker, and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School, which also included Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark ...more

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Joan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Joan Mitchell Ladybug, Untitled, No Rain - Joan Mitchell was a "second generation" abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. She was an essential member of the American Abstract expressionist movement, even though much of her ...more

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Robert Rauschenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Robert Rauschenberg Lincoln, Dam, Whale - Robert Rauschenberg did not originally set out to become an artist. Born in Texas in the 1920s, Rauschenberg grew up in a fairly strict and frugal Christian household. As a teenager, he hoped to ...more

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Hans Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Hans Hofmann City Horizon, Fruit Bowl with Apples, Table--Version II - Hans Hofmann was a German-born American abstract expressionist painter.

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Kazuo Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Kazuo Nakamura Autumn, Summer Storm, August Morning - Kazuo Nakamura was a Japanese-Canadian painter and sculptor and a founding member of the Toronto-based Painters Eleven group in the 1950s.

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Jasper Johns is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Jasper Johns Flag, White Flag, 0 though 9 - Jasper Johns is an American painter and printmaker.

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Barnett Newman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Barnett Newman Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue I, Vir Heroicus Sublimis - Barnett Newman was an American artist. He is seen as one of the major figures in abstract expressionism and one of the foremost of the color field painters. His paintings are existential in tone and ...more

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Helen Frankenthaler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Helen Frankenthaler Interior Landscape, Jacob's Ladder, Chairman of the Board - Helen Frankenthaler was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades, she spanned ...more

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Richard Diebenkorn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Richard Diebenkorn Ocean Park #122, Ocean Park No. 38, Ocean Park No. 67 - Although his abstract work had earned him attention, it was his switch to representational art that truly established Diebenkorn as an artist. Woman in Profile and Girl with Plant proved that ...more

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Frank Stella is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Frank Stella Giufà, la luna, i ladri e le guardie - Frank Stella is an American painter and printmaker, noted for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. Stella continues to live and work in New York.

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Lee Krasner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Lee Krasner The Springs, Gaea, Untitled - Lee Krasner appeared in Jackson Pollock film.

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Jules Olitski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Jules Olitski Susie Wiles, Darkness Spread-8, Fanny Dimes - Jules Olitski was an American abstract painter, printmaker, and sculptor.

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Mark Tobey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Mark Tobey Edge of August, Cubist Vertical, Written over the Plains - Mark George Tobey was an American painter. His densely structured compositions, inspired by Asian calligraphy, resemble Abstract expressionism, although the motives for his compositions differ ...more

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Taro Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Taro Yamamoto Taro Yamamoto belonged to the New York School Abstract Expressionist artists whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized across the Atlantic, including Paris. New York School Abstract ...more

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Grace Hartigan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Grace Hartigan On A Tar Roof, New England October, Grand Street Brides - Grace Hartigan was an American Abstract Expressionist painter of the New York School in the 1950s.

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Hans Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Hans Burkhardt Untitled, 1950 - Hans Gustav Burkhardt was a Swiss American abstract expressionist.

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Elaine de Kooning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Elaine de Kooning John F. Kennedy - Elaine de Kooning appeared in Jackson Pollock film.

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Adolph Gottlieb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Adolph Gottlieb Demon of the Night, Man Looking at Woman, Descending Arrow - Adolph Gottlieb was an American abstract expressionist painter, sculptor and printmaker.

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Renata Bernal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Renata Bernal Renata Bernal is a contemporary American artist. Her work spans a broad range of media including oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastel paintings, lithograph, woodcuts, and ink drawings. She has ...more

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Antoni Tàpies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Antoni Tàpies Infinit, Gran díptic de terra, Núvol i cadira - Antoni Tàpies i Puig, 1st Marquess of Tàpies was a Spanish painter, sculptor and art theorist, who became one of the most famous European artists of his generation.

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Louise Nevelson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Louise Nevelson Cascade, Hanging Column (from Dawn's Wedding Feast), Sky Cathedral - Louise Nevelson was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. Born in Czarist Russia, she emigrated with her family to the United States ...more

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James Grant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
James Grant Rough Red, Square Collage with Bright Blue - James Edward Grant was a painter and sculptor most active from the late 1950s into the early 1970s. Best known for his sculptural work in plastics, this work by no means defined him, but was rather a ...more

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Knox Martin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Knox Martin Knox Martin is an American painter, sculptor and muralist. Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, he studied at the Art Students League of New York from 1946 till 1950. He is one of the leading members of ...more

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Perle Fine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Perle Fine Perle Fine was an American Abstract Expressionist painter.

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Agnes Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Agnes Martin The Tree, Falling Blue, Harbor Number 1 - Agnes Bernice Martin was an American abstract painter. Often referred to as a minimalist, Martin considered herself an abstract expressionist. She was awarded a National Medal of Arts from the ...more

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David Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
David Smith Agricola I, Untitled (Brooklyn), Cubi XXVI - Roland David Smith was an American Abstract Expressionist sculptor and painter, best known for creating large steel abstract geometric sculptures.

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Jimmy Ernst is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Jimmy Ernst Recognition - Jimmy Ernst was an American painter born in Germany.

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Norman Lewis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Norman Lewis Untitled, Phantasy II - Norman W. Lewis was an African-American painter, scholar, and teacher. He is associated with Abstract Expressionism. Lewis was African-American, of Bermudian descent.

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Esteban Vicente is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Esteban Vicente Untitled - Esteban Vicente Pérez, was an American painter born in Turégano, Spain. He was one of the first generation of New York School abstract expressionists.

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John Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
John Chamberlain Moon Museum, Essex, Toy - John Angus Chamberlain was an American sculptor. At the time of his death he resided and worked on Shelter Island, New York.

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Richard Pousette-Dart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Richard Pousette-Dart Fugue Number 2, Chavade, Desert - Richard Warren Pousette-Dart was an American artist most recognized as a founder of the New York School of painting. His artistic output also includes drawing, sculpture, and fine-art photography.

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Dan Christensen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Dan Christensen PR - Dan Christensen, the American abstract painter, was born in Cozad, Nebraska on October 6, 1942, he died in Easthampton, New York on January 20, 2007. He is best known for paintings that relate to ...more

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Thomas Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Thomas Miller Thomas Miller was a prolific graphic designer and visual artist, whose best known publicly accessible work is the collection of mosaics of the founders of DuSable Museum of African American History in ...more

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Alfonso A. Ossorio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Alfonso A. Ossorio Perpetual Sacrifice, Reforming Figure, Moon: White Red and Black - Alfonso Angel Yangco Ossorio was an Filipino American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Manila in 1916 to wealthy Filipino parents from the province of Negros Occidental. His heritage was ...more

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David Hare is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
David Hare Magician's Game, Trap for a Gorilla, Dead Elephant - David Hare was an American artist, associated with the Surrealist movement. He is primarily known for his sculpture, though he also worked extensively in photography and painting.

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Aelita Andre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Aelita Andre Floating Rainbow Man, Milky Way & Microscope, Autumn Rain - Aelita Andre is an Australian abstract artist known for her Surrealist painting style and her young age. She began to paint when aged nine months, and her work was displayed publicly in a group ...more

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Peter Voulkos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Peter Voulkos Hiro II, Untitled, Ceramic Drawing - Peter Voulkos, was an American artist of Greek descent. He is known for his Abstract Expressionist ceramic sculptures, which crossed the traditional divide between ceramic crafts and fine art.

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Ray Parker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Ray Parker Invention, Untitled P-47, Untitled - Raymond Parker was born in 1922 and he died in 1990. He was known as an Abstract expressionist painter who also is associated with Color Field painting and Lyrical Abstraction. Ray Parker was an ...more

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Alfredo Da Silva is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Alfredo Da Silva Alfredo Da Silva is a painter, graphic artist, and photographer, known for his abstract expressionism. He came to international prominence in 1959.

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Edward Clark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Edward Clark Edward Clark also known as Ed Clark is an African-American abstract expressionist painter and one of the early experimenters with shaped canvas in the 1950s. Edward Clark stated: "..all great ...more

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Robert De Niro, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Robert De Niro, Sr. Seated Nude, Three Women, Landscape with Tree and House - Robert Henry De Niro, better known as Robert De Niro, Sr. was an American abstract expressionist painter and the father of actor Robert De Niro.

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Theodoros Stamos is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Theodoros Stamos Theodoros Stamos, was a Greek American artist. He is one of the youngest painters of the original group of abstract expressionist painters, which included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark ...more

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James Siena is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
James Siena Nesting^! Connected - James Siena is an American contemporary artist based in New York City. His art is typically created through a series of self-imposed constraints also sometimes referred to as visual algorithms —rules ...more

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Michael Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Michael Goldberg Michael Goldberg was an American abstract expressionist painter and teacher known for his gestural action paintings, abstractions and still-life paintings. A retrospective show, "Abstaction Over ...more

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Paul Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
Paul Jenkins Phenomena with Inviolate Cadmium Red, Phenomena Over Albi, Druids Gold - Paul Jenkins was an American abstract expressionist painter.