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List of the most popular artists from Canada, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Canadian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Canadian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List is made up of artists like Paul Couvrette and John Wycliffe Lowes Forster.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Canada?" and "Who are the most well-known Canadian artists?"

For further information on these historic Canadian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Canadian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
Jack Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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Jack Bush is a 1968 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts. ...more

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Artworks: Woodland Interior, White Flip, Three and Blue Loop, Purple Thrust Green Loop, + more

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism, Post-painterly abstraction, Lyrical abstraction

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Painting

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Philip Guston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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Philip Guston, born Phillip Goldstein, was a painter and printmaker in the New York School, which included many of the abstract expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. In the late 1960s Guston helped to lead a transition from abstract expressionism to neo-expressionism in ...more

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Artworks: Head, Blue Light, Back View, Inhabiter Green Rug, + more

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism, Social realism, Neo-expressionism

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking

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Peter Pitseolak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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Peter Pitseolak


Peter Pitseolak was an Inuit photographer, sculptor, artist and historian. ...more

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Nationality: Canada

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Evan Penny


Evan Penny was born in South Africa in 1953. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. In 1978 Penny graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design and received a post-graduate degree in sculpture. Evan Penny makes sculptures of human forms out of silicone, pigment, hair and aluminium. His ...more

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Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: Canada, South Africa

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Jeff Wall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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Jeffrey "Jeff" Wall, OC, RSA is a Canadian artist best known for his large-scale back-lit cibachrome photographs and art history writing. Wall has been a key figure in Vancouver's art scene since the early-1970s. Early in his career, he helped define the Vancouver School and he has published essays ...more

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Artworks: Tattoos and Shadows, The Flooded Grave

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Photography

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Kazuo Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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Kazuo Nakamura was a Japanese-Canadian painter and sculptor and a founding member of the Toronto-based Painters Eleven group in the 1950s. ...more

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Artworks: Autumn, Summer Storm, August Morning, White Landscape Inner Structure, + more

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

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Eric Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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Eric Goldberg was a Jewish-Canadian painter, born in 1890 in Berlin, Germany. Goldberg was influenced by the art of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at an early age. He studied at Paris, France's École des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian under Tony Robert-Fleury, Jules Joseph Lefebvre and Jean-Paul Laurens, and ...more

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Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Associated periods or movements: Eastern Group of Painters

Nationality: Canada, Germany

Art Forms: Painting

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Jean-Paul Riopelle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Canada
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Jean-Paul Riopelle


Jean-Paul Riopelle, CC GOQ was a painter and sculptor from Quebec, Canada. He became the first Canadian painter to attain widespread international recognition. ...more

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Artworks: La Joute, Six owls, Composition III, La Cime de L'Herve Hommage à Aimé et Marguerite Maegh, + more

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Associated periods or movements: Lyrical abstraction

Nationality: Canada

Art Forms: Painting

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