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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 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
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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
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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
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    Yonfan is a Taiwanese film director and photographer.more

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    • Birthplace: China, Wuhan, Eurasia, Hubei
    • Nationality: China
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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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    Yang Fudong (born 1971) is a Chinese photographer, video artist, and filmmaker.more

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    • Birthplace: China, Beijing
    • Nationality: China
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    Tian Yuan is a Chinese singer-songwriter, actress, novelist and photographer. Born in Wuhan, China, she majored in English at Beijing Language and Culture University, and graduated in 2007.more

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    • Birthplace: China, Wuhan
    • Nationality: China
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    Wang Wei
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    Wang Wei and also known by other names such as Wang Youcheng, was a Tang dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter, and statesman. He was one of the most famous men of arts and letters of his time. Many of his poems are preserved, and twenty-nine were included in the highly influential 18th century ...more

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    • Birthplace: Jinzhong, China
    • Nationality: China
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    Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese contemporary artist currently living and working in New York City.more

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    • Birthplace: Quanzhou, China
    • Nationality: China
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    Qi Baishi
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    Qi Baishi was an influential Chinese painter. Born to a peasant family from Xiangtan, Hunan, Qi became a carpenter at 14, and learned to paint by himself. After he turned 40, he traveled, visiting various scenic spots in China. After 1917 he settled in Beijing. He is perhaps the most noted for the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Xiangtan
    • Nationality: China
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    Feng Zikai was an influential Chinese painter and pioneering manhua artist.more

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    • Birthplace: Tongxiang, China
    • Nationality: China
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    Qu Lei Lei

    Qu Leilei is a modern Chinese calligrapher, painter and author currently based in the UK. Qu grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution and spent some time forced to work as a lumberjack after his parents were branded capitalists. Later, he attended Beijing University and served as an art director ...more

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    • Birthplace: China, Eurasia, Asia
    • Nationality: China, United Kingdom
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    Wu Guanzhong was a contemporary Chinese painter widely recognized as a founder of modern Chinese painting. He is considered to be one of the greatest contemporary Chinese painters. Wu had painted various aspects of China, including much of its architecture, plants, animals, people, as well as many of ...more

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    • Birthplace: China, Eurasia, Yixing, Jiangsu
    • Nationality: China
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    Zhao Xiaoding
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    Zhao Xiaoding is a Chinese photographer and cinematographer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work in the film House of Flying Daggers.more

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    • Birthplace: Beijing, China
    • Nationality: China
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    Li Keran was a renowned contemporary Chinese painter. He was born on March 26, 1907 in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, as Li Yongshun.more

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    • Birthplace: Xuzhou, China
    • Nationality: China
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    Wucius Wong
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    • Nationality: China
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    Chua Ek Kay
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    Chua Ek Kay was a Singaporean artist hailed as the "bridge between Asian and Western art" with a unique painting style using Chinese ink on paper that demonstrated an ingenious blend of traditional Chinese painting forms with Western art theories and techniques. Most of his works were themed of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guangdong Province, China
    • Nationality: China, Singapore
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