Famous Artists from China

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List of the most popular artists from China, 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 Chinese 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 Chinese artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Xie Huan and Wen Boren are included in this list.

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

For further information on these historic Chinese artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Chinese artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
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    Ai Weiwei

    Ai Weiwei is a film producer and film director. more

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    • Birthplace: Beijing, China
    • Nationality: China
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    Muqi Fachang

    Muqi Fachang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from China
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    Muqi Fachang or Muxi Fachang was a Chinese Zen Buddhist monk and painter who lived in the 13th century, around the end of the Southern Song dynasty. His surname is thought to be Xue; Muqi/Muxi was a hao or pseudonym, and Fachang a monastic name. Muqi was perhaps from the city of Kaifeng in Henan ...more

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    • Nationality: China
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    Zao Wou Ki

    Zao Wou-Ki was a Chinese-French painter. He was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. more

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    • Birthplace: Beijing, China
    • Nationality: China, France
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    Yue Minjun

    Yue Minjun is a contemporary Chinese artist based in Beijing, China. He is best known for oil paintings depicting himself in various settings, frozen in laughter. He has also reproduced this signature image in sculpture, watercolour and prints. While Yue is often classified as part of the Chinese ...more

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    • Birthplace: Daqing, China
    • Nationality: China
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    Liu Kang

    Liu Kang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from China
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    Liu Kang was a Singaporean artist famous for his Balinese-themed figurative paintings. He was a founding member of the Singapore Art Society, and was credited with developing the Nanyang Style. He was born in Fujian Province and he spent his early years in Malaysia, studied art in Shanghai and Paris, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Fujian, China
    • Nationality: China, Singapore
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    Yonfan

    Yonfan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from China
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    Yonfan is a Taiwanese film director and photographer. more

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    • Birthplace: Wuhan, China
    • Nationality: Hong Kong
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    Cao Fei (born 1978) is a Chinese artist. more

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    • Birthplace: Guangzhou, China
    • Nationality: China
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    Xu Bing is a Chinese-born artist who lived in the United States for eighteen years. Currently residing in Beijing, he serves as the president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is most known for his printmaking skills and installations pieces, as well as his creative artistic use of language, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Chongqing, China
    • Nationality: China, United States of America
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