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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)
Odd Nerdrum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Odd Nerdrum


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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Neo Rauch


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 ...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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H. R. Giger


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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Alex Grey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Alex Grey


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: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: United States of America

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Luc Tuymans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Luc Tuymans


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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Jacques Rosas


Jacques Rosas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Andy Goldsworthy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Andy Goldsworthy


Andy Goldsworthy, OBE is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland. ...more

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Artworks: Roof, Faultline, Ice left by the tide/Stacked and frozen/Worked quickly before the tide, Wet feathers/Wrapped around a stone/Before the incoming tide Carrick

Birthplace: England, Cheshire

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Land art

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Art Forms: Sculpture

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Bill Viola is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Bill Viola


Bill Viola is a contemporary video artist. He is considered a leading figure in the generation of artists whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, and image technology in New Media. His works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of ...more

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Artworks: The Greeting, Passage, The Reflecting Pool, The Reflecting Pool Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Video art

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