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Famous Artists from Mexico

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

This list has a variety of artists, like Julio Castellanos and Pablo O'Higgins, in it.

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

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



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    Diego Rivera
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    Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, known as Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter and the husband of Frida Kahlo. His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Movement in Mexican art. Between 1922 and 1953, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, Latin America, Americas
    • Associated periods or movements: Social realism
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Mural, Painting
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    Leonora Carrington OBE was a British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. She lived most of her adult life in Mexico City, and was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. Leonora Carrington was also a founding member of the Women’s Liberation ...more

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    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, England, Borough of Chorley, Clayton-le-Woods
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, Mexico, England
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Frida Kahlo
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    Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits. Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising ...more

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    • Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Juan Rulfo
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    Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez Rulfo Vizcaíno, best known as Juan Rulfo was a Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer. He is one of Latin America's esteemed authors and earned reputation on his two literary works, El Llano en llamas, a collection of short stories, and the 1955 novel Pedro Páramo.more

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    • Birthplace: Jalisco, Sayula, Jalisco, Mexico, Latin America, + more
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Photography
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    Gunther Gerzso
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    Gunther Gerzso was a Mexican painter, designer and director and screenwriter for film and theatre.more

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    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Rufino Tamayo
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    Rufino Tamayo was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences.more

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    • Birthplace: Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, Latin America, Americas
    • Associated periods or movements: Modernism
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Luis Fernando Allende Arenas is a Mexican singer, actor, painter, film producer, and film director. Allende began singing in 1959, at the age of seven.more

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    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
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    Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg is a singer.more

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    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Nationality: Austria, Mexico
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    David Alfaro Siqueiros
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    David Alfaro Siqueiros was a Mexican social realist painter, better known for his large murals in fresco. Along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, he established "Mexican Muralism." He was a Stalinist and member of the Mexican Communist Party who participated in an unsuccessful attempt to ...more

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    • Birthplace: Chihuahua, Chihuahua Municipality, Mexico
    • Associated periods or movements: Social realism
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Mural, Painting
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    Kat Von D, best known as Kat Von D, is a Mexican-born American tattoo artist, model, musician and television personality. She is best known for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality television show LA Ink, which premiered August 7, 2007, in the United States and ran for four seasons.more

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    • Birthplace: Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico
    • Nationality: United States of America, Mexico
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    Elizabeth Catlett
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    Elizabeth Catlett was an African-American graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, which often had the female experience as their focus. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C. to parents working in education, and was the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance
    • Nationality: United States of America, Mexico
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Carmelita Gonzalez
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    Carmelita González was a Mexican lead actress known for her film roles during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She appeared in nearly 100 Mexican films during her career, opposite such actors as Mario Moreno Cantinflas, Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete. González began her career by earning $21 but went ...more

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    • Birthplace: Mexico, Mexico City
    • Nationality: Mexico
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    Manuel Álvarez Bravo was Mexico’s first principal artistic photographer and is the most important figure in 20th-century Latin American photography. He was born and raised in Mexico City. While he took art classes at the Academy of San Carlos, his photography is self-taught. His career spanned from the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Photography
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    Julio Galán

    Julio Galán was a Mexican artist and architect.more

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    • Birthplace: Múzquiz Municipality, Mexico
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Gabriel Orozco is a Mexican artist. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas between 1981 and 1984 and at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid between 1986 and 1987. Orozco gained his reputation in the early 1990s with his exploration of drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. In ...more

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    • Birthplace: Xalapa, Mexico
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Concept art, Installation art, Video art, + more
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    Mathias Goeritz
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    Mathias Goeritz - August 4, 1990 in Mexico City was a well-known Mexican painter and sculptor of German origin. After spending much of the 1940s in North Africa and Spain, Goeritz and his wife, photographer Marianne Gast, immigrated to Mexico in 1949. Mathias Goeritz spent his childhood in Berlin. He ...more

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    • Birthplace: Gdańsk, Poland
    • Nationality: Mexico, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Waldemar Sjölander

    Gustav Waldemar Sjölander Johnson was a Swedish painter, printmaker and sculptor, who developed most of his career in Mexico. He immigrated to the country just after World War II, after establishing himself as an artist in in his native Sweden. His career included individual exhibitions in venues such ...more

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    • Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden, Mexico
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    Fanny Rabel

    Fanny Rabel, born Fanny Rabinovich,was a Polish-born Mexican artist who is considered to be the first modern female muralist and one of the youngest associated with the Mexican muralism of the early to mid 20th century. She and her family arrived to Mexico in 1938 from Europe and she studied art at the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Poland
    • Nationality: Poland, Mexico
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    Adolfo Best Maugard also known as Fito Best was a Mexican painter, film director and screenwriter.more

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    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Bridget Bate Tichenor
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    Bridget Bate Tichenor, also known as Bridget Tichenor or B.B.T., was a Mexican surrealist painter of fantastic art in the school of magic realism and a fashion editor. Born in Paris and of British descent, she later embraced Mexico as her home.more

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    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Nationality: Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
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