Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked Artists

Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked

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

A list made up of artists like Yoko Ono and Brian Eno.

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

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use regularly. (88 items)
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    Odd Nerdrum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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    Odd Nerdrum, is a Norwegian figurative painter. Themes and style in Nerdrum's work reference anecdote and narrative. Primary influences by the painters Rembrandt and Caravaggio help place his work in direct conflict with the abstraction and conceptual art considered acceptable in much of his native ...more

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    • Artworks: Drifting, One Story Singer, Baby, Chosen, Bork in Paris, + more
    • Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Neo Rauch

    Neo Rauch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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    Neo Rauch is a German artist whose paintings mine the intersection of his personal history with the politics of industrial alienation. His work reflects the influence of socialist realism, and owes a debt to Surrealists Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte, although Rauch hesitates to align himself with ...more

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    • Artworks: Übergang
    • Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    H. R. Giger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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    Hans Rudolf "Ruedi" Giger was a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for their design work on the film Alien. He was named to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.more

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    • Artworks: Penis Landscape
    • Birthplace: Chur, Switzerland
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Switzerland
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Luc Tuymans is a Belgian artist who lives and works in Antwerp. Tuymans is considered one of the most influential painters working today. His signature figurative paintings transform mediated film, television, and print sources into examinations of history and memory. more

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    • Artworks: Pink Glasses, Demolition, The Secretary of State, Lumumba, The Heritage IV, + more
    • Birthplace: Mortsel, Belgium
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Alex Grey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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    Alex Grey is an American visionary artist, author, teacher, and Vajrayana practitioner. His body of work spans a variety of forms including performance art, process art, installation art, sculpture, visionary art, and painting. Grey is a member of the Integral Institute. He is also on the board of ...more

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    • Artworks: Tantra, Kissing, Transfiguration, Pregnancy, Promise, + more
    • Birthplace: USA, Columbus, Ohio
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Jacques Rosas

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    John Baldessari is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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    John Anthony Baldessari is an American conceptual artist known for his work featuring found photography and appropriated images. He lives and works in Santa Monica and Venice, California. Initially a painter, Baldessari began to incorporate texts and photography into his canvases in the mid-1960s. In ...more

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    • Artworks: Fire^! Money^! Water^! Sex, Looking East on 4th and C, Cremation Project^! Corpus Wafers (With Text^! Recipe and Documentation), Goya Series: And, What Is Painting, + more
    • Birthplace: USA, California, National City
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Keith Allen Haring was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war. Haring's work was often heavily political and his imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the ...more

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    • Artworks: Keith and Julia, Installation Shafrazi Gallery 1982, Micheal Stewart - USA for Africa, Debbie Dick, St. Sebastian, + more
    • Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Graffiti, Pop art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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