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List of famous Conceptual art artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Conceptual art movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Conceptual art period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Conceptual art artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

Examples of artists on this list include Yoko Ono and Marcel Duchamp.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Conceptual art artists?" and "Who are the best Conceptual art artists?"

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Jacques Rosas


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Marcel Duchamp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conceptual Artists, Ranked
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Marcel Duchamp


Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player, and writer whose work is associated with Dadaism and conceptual art, although careful about his use of the term Dada and direct association with Dada groups. Duchamp is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and ...more

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Artworks: Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, La Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase), Why Not Sneeze Rose Sélavy?, + more

Birthplace: Blainville-Crevon, France

Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism, Conceptual art, Section d'Or

Nationality: France, United States of America

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

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Jacek Tylicki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conceptual Artists, Ranked
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Jacek Tylicki


Beginning in 1973 Jacek Tylicki sends sheets of canvas or paper into the wind, the rivers or the forests, and leaves them for a long while in a natural environment, thus forcing upon Nature an attitude previously reserved to the artist: the creation of forms. The project is often called Natural art.In the years 1974 - 1990 he initiated the idea of an anonymous artist by issuing a periodical called "Anonymous Artists" where artists present their artworks without revealing their own names.

 In 1985 he created an Installation called Chicken Art. Tylicki transformed the Now Gallery in Manhattan to a hen house in which live chickens watched realistic paintings of chickens, chicks and roosters hanging on the gallery walls. At the same time Tylicki declares:
 For a chicken the most beautiful is chicken.
 
 Another installation was the "Free Art", where well known, invited artists, like Mark Kostabi, Rodney Greenblat among others, gave away their artworks to the public for free.Video and Photography plays an important role in his work as a record of its elusiveness and transience.

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Associated periods or movements: conceptual art

Art Forms: conceptual art

Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conceptual Artists, Ranked
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Yoko Ono


Yoko Ono, is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. Ono grew up in Tokyo, and studied at Gakushuin University while her family moved to the US to escape the ...more

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Artworks: Play it by Trust, My Mommy is Beautiful

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art

Nationality: Japan

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Sol LeWitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Conceptual Artists, Ranked
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Sol LeWitt


Solomon "Sol" LeWitt was an American artist linked to various movements, including Conceptual art and Minimalism. LeWitt came to fame in the late 1960s with his wall drawings and "structures" but was prolific in a wide range of media including drawing, printmaking, photography, and painting. He has ...more

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Artworks: Working drawing for Wall Drawing #565: On three walls, continuous forms . . ., Working drawing for Wall Drawing #746: Identical cubes with color ink washes . ., Wall Drawing #45: Straight lines 10 Working drawing for Wall Drawing #380 (detail): Isometric figures drawn . ., + more

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Minimalism, Conceptual art

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

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Yves Klein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Conceptual Artists, Ranked
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Yves Klein


Yves Klein was a French artist considered an important figure in post-war European art. He is the leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme founded in 1960 by art critic Pierre Restany. Klein was a pioneer in the development of performance art, and is seen as an inspiration ...more

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Artworks: Anthropometry: Princess Helena, Untitled (ANT154), IKB74, Eponge (SE180) (Sponge [SE180]) Eponge, + more

Birthplace: Nice, France

Associated periods or movements: Monochrome painting, Nouveau réalisme, Conceptual art

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Painting

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Gilbert and George is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conceptual Artists, Ranked
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Gilbert and George


Gilbert Prousch, sometimes referred to as Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore are two artists who work together as a collaborative duo called Gilbert & George. They are known for their distinctive and highly formal appearance and manner and also for their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based ...more

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Artworks: Drunk With God, Down to Earth, The Singing Sculpture, Live's The Alcoholic

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art

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On Kawara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conceptual Artists, Ranked
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On Kawara


On Kawara was a Japanese conceptual artist who lived in New York City from 1965. He took part in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 1976. ...more

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Artworks: March 16, 1993, from the Today Series, 1966- Untitled, + more

Birthplace: Kariya, Japan

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art

Nationality: Japan

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