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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.
Rajneesh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from India
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from 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 ...more

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Artworks: Dancing Girl

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

Nationality: India, British Raj

Art Forms: Painting

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Boman Irani is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from India
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from 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 ...more

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Birthplace: Shimla, India

Nationality: India

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M. F. Husain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from India
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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 ...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 listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from 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 ...more

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Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Nationality: India

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Bindinganavile Srinivas Iyengar Ranga was an Indian photographer. ...more

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Birthplace: Magadi, India

Nationality: India

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