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Famous Artists from India

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Raise your brushes for a list of the most popular artists from India, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries, artists have been among the world's most important people, chronicling history and entertaining millions with works that stimulate intellects and emotions. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching, or drawing, the famous Indian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive, creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world and made marks in a variety of different media. Below, you can find useful information about these notable Indian artists.

Artists on this list include "The Father of Modern Indian Sculpture" Ramkinkar Baij and Indian painters like Satish Gujral and F.N. Souza.

This list answers the burning artistic questions, "Which famous artists are from India?" and "Who are the most well-known Indian artists?"

For more details on these modern and historic Indian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover, use this list of celebrated Indian artists to discover some new paintings, sculptures, drawings and other works that you'll enjoy.


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    Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh from the 1960s onwards, as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh during the 1970s and 1980s, and as Osho from 1989, was an Indian mystic, guru and spiritual teacher. His international following has continued after his death. A professor of philosophy, he traveled ...more

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    • Birthplace: Raisen district, India
    • Nationality: India
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    Rabindranath Tagore, also written Rabīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful ...more

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    • Artworks: Dancing Girl
    • Birthplace: Kolkata, India
    • Nationality: India, British Raj
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Boman Irani
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    Boman Irani is an Indian film and theatre actor, voice artist and photographer. He is widely known for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood movies such as Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots and most recently PK and Happy New Year.more

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    • Birthplace: India, Mumbai
    • Nationality: India
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    Idries Shah, also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi and by the pen name Arkon Daraul, was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote over three dozen books on topics ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies. Born in India, the descendant of a ...more

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    • Birthplace: Shimla, Eurasia, India
    • Nationality: India
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    M. F. Husain
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    Maqbool Fida Husain commonly known as MF Husain, was an Indian painter and Film Director. In 1967, He has received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through The Eyes of a Painter. In 2004, he directed Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, which was screened in the Marché du Film section ...more

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    • Artworks: Autobiography, Mother India, Between the Spider & the Lamp, Bharat Mata, Maiden's Flight, + more
    • Birthplace: Pandharpur, India
    • Nationality: India
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
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    Sandip Ray is an Indian film director who mainly works in Bengali cinema. He is the only child of the noted Bengali director Satyajit Ray and Bijoya Ray.more

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    • Birthplace: Kolkata, India
    • Nationality: India
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    Sooni Taraporevala is an Indian screenwriter and photographer who is best known as the screenwriter of Mississippi Masala, The Namesake and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay, all directed by Mira Nair. She directed her first feature film, based on a screenplay of her own, an ensemble piece set in Bombay, in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Maharashtra, Eurasia, India, Mumbai
    • Nationality: India
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    Bindinganavile Srinivas Iyengar Ranga was an Indian photographer.more

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    • Birthplace: Karnataka, Eurasia, Magadi, India, Bangalore Rural district
    • Nationality: India
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    Lakshminarayana Shankar, also known as L. Shankar and Shenkar, is an Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer. He has worked extensively in both traditional music from India, and in jazz, free improvisation and popular music, notably with singer Peter Gabriel in the latter.more

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    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Nationality: India
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    Vishnupant Govind Damle

    Vishnupant Govind Damle was a film director.more

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    • Birthplace: Maharashtra, Eurasia, India, Mumbai
    • Nationality: India
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    Devi Prasad

    Devi Prasad was an Indian artist and peace activist. He was a pioneering studio potter, painter, designer, photographer, art educator and peace activist.more

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    • Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh, India
    • Nationality: India
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Raghubir Singh

    Raghubir Singh was an Indian photographer, most known for his landscapes and documentary-style photographs of the people of India. He was a self-taught photographer who worked in India and lived in Paris, London and New York. During his career he worked with National Geographic Magazine, The New York ...more

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    • Birthplace: Jaipur, India
    • Nationality: India
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    Dilip Purushottam Chitre was one of the foremost Indian writers and critics to emerge in the post Independence India. Apart from being a very important bilingual writer, writing in Marathi and English, he was also a painter and filmmaker.more

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    • Birthplace: Vadodara, India
    • Nationality: India
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Rupesh Patric

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    Rupesh Patric
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    Rupesh Xavier Patric is a self-trained artist. His medium is the charcoal sketch. He lives in Bangalore, India.more

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    • Birthplace: Kochi, India
    • Associated periods or movements: Minimalism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Photorealism
    • Nationality: India
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    Jitish Kallat
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    Jitish Kallat is a contemporary Indian artist. He currently lives and works in Mumbai, India.more

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    • Artworks: Analgesic Studies 01, Carbon Milk 9, Bon Voyage (flesh, bone, blood and brain), + more
    • Birthplace: Maharashtra, Eurasia, India, Mumbai
    • Nationality: India
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Chandrakant Mandare

    Chandrakant Mandhare was a well-known Marathi Film actor and an artist. He played different roles in Marathi films and devoted his life to art. He was a master in paintings and powder shading. He donated his art gallery (at Nisarga Bangalow, Rajarampuri, 7th Lane, Kolhapur), to the Government of ...more

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    • Artworks: Lake, Landscape I, Sandhyamath Shalini Palace, Landscape II, Landscape
    • Birthplace: Kolhapur, India
    • Nationality: India
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    Nek Chand Saini

    Nek Chand Saini is a self-taught Indian artist, known for building the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, an eighteen-acre sculpture garden in the city of Chandigarh, India. He hailed from Shakargarh region of district Gurdaspur. His family moved to Chandigarh in 1947 during the Partition. At the time, the city ...more

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    • Birthplace: Narowal District
    • Associated periods or movements: Outsider art
    • Nationality: India
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Sukumar Ray
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    Sukumar Ray was a Bengali humorous poet, story writer and playwright who mainly wrote for children. His works such as the collection of poems "Aboltabol", novella "HaJaBaRaLa", short story collection "Pagla Dashu" and play "Chalachittachanchari" are considered equal in stature to Alice in Wonderland.more

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    • Birthplace: Kolkata, India
    • Nationality: India
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    Mukul Chandra Dey was a student of Rabindranath Tagore's Santiniketan. He is considered as a pioneer of drypoint-etching in India. He was the first Indian artist to travel abroad for the purpose of studying printmaking as an art. While in Japan in 1916, Mukul Dey studied under Yokoyama Taikan and Kanzan ...more

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    • Artworks: Coming through the Rye, Harken to the reed flute, Chitralekha House, Musicians, Midnight Cry, + more
    • Birthplace: Bengal Presidency
    • Nationality: India
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    Shahu Modak was an Indian actor who acted in many Hindi as well as Marathi movies. Shahu Modak was mostly famous for the mythological characters that he played. He mostly played the roles of Lord Krishna and Sant Dyaneshwar.more

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    • Birthplace: India, Ahmednagar
    • Nationality: India
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