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Famous Female Painters

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This list of famous female painters is ranked by their level of prominence, with photos when available. This greatest female painters list contains the most prominent women artists known for being painters, though they may have dabbled in other mediums as well. There are thousands of female artists working as painters in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Famous female artists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a girl aspiring to be a painter then the women painters below should give you inspiration.

No famous women artists list would be complete without the likes of Bernadette Szapiro or Harmony Hammond. A talented woman artists is able to capture the female experience in her work, brining a unique perspective, whether in historical art, or the modern work of contemporary female painters.

While this isn't a list of all female painters, it does feature over 150 famous women painters. Who are the most famous female painters? Who are the best female painters? Take a look below to find out and learn about their notable pieces and works.


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    Jemima Kirke
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    Jemima Kirke is an actress.more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Painter, Actor
    • Credits: Girls, Tiny Furniture
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    Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell, CC, is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs were ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Fort Macleod, Canada
    • Profession: Painter, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    • Credits: Roger Waters: The Wall: Live in Berlin, Joni Mitchell: Shadows and Light, Joni Mitchell: Painting with Words and Music, Joni Mitchell: Refuge of the Roads, All We Are Saying, + more
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    Ione Skye
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    Ione Skye Lee is a British-American actress who became a teen idol after the 1989 movie Say Anything.... In 2006, VH1 placed her at number 84 on its "100 Greatest Teen Stars" list.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: England, Hertfordshire
    • Profession: Painter, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Wayne's World, Say Anything..., Zodiac, Fever Pitch, Four Rooms, + more
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    Yeardley Smith
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    Yeardley Smith is a French-born American actress, voice actress, writer, comedian and painter. She is best known for her long-running role as Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. She was born in Paris and moved with her family to Washington, D.C., in 1966. As a child, Smith was ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: France, Paris
    • Profession: Painter, Actor, Voice acting, Writer
    • Credits: The Simpsons, As Good as It Gets, The Simpsons Movie, City Slickers, Jingle All the Way, + more
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    Kristína Farkašová is a Slovak actress, singer, dramaturge, presenter, stand-up comedienne, editor, blogger and naïve art painter. She studied dramaturgy at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and at Faculty of Theater in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2004, she is a regular member of the Naive ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Profession: Editor, Painter, Dramaturge, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Walking Too Fast
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    Gwendolyn Knight
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    Gwendolyn Clarine Knight was an American artist who was born in Bridgetown, Barbados in the West Indies. Knight painted throughout her life, but did not start seriously exhibiting her work until the 1970s. Her first retrospective was put on when she was nearly 80 years old. Her teachers in the arts ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1913-2005)
    • Birthplace: Bridgetown, Barbados
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter
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    Anne Hardy is an artist and painter.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Painter, Artist, Photographer
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    Vija Celmins is an important Latvian-American visual artist best known for photo-realistic paintings and drawings of natural environments and phenomena such as the ocean, spider webs, star fields, and rocks. Her earlier work included pop sculptures and monochromatic representational paintings. Based in ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Artist
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    Ariana Clarice Richards is an American actress and professional painter. She is best known for her roles as a child actress such as Carol Wetherby in the film Prancer, Mindy Sterngood in Tremors and Lex Murphy in the blockbuster film Jurassic Park. She has won several Young Artist Awards.more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Healdsburg, USA, California
    • Profession: Painter, Actor
    • Credits: Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Tremors, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Prancer, + more
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    Melanie Yazzie is a Navajo sculptor, painter and printmaker.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Ganado, Arizona, United States of America
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Printmaker
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    Paula Rego
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    Dame Paula Rego is the mother of Victoria Willing.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Profession: Painter, Artist
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    Harmony Hammond
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    Harmony Hammond is a writer.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Writer
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    Ethel K. Myers (1881 - 1960) was an American sculptor and painter. She was born Lillian Cochran in Brooklyn, New York in 1881, and later given the name "Mae Ethel Klinck" after she was adopted. She married American artist Jerome Myers in October, 1905.more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Artist
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    Cynthia Ona Innis is an American painter, sculptor and visual artist raised in San Diego and based out of Oakland. Her work has been described as "paintings one doesn't look at so much as immerse oneself in", as well as "sensual", "organic" and "science fiction-y" where "a futuristic heaven-meets-hell".more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Visual Artist
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    Rosa Mayreder was an Austrian freethinker, author, painter, musician and feminist. She was the daughter of Franz Arnold Obermayer, a wealthy restaurant operator and barkeeper, and his second wife Marie. Rosa had 12 brothers and sisters and although her conservative father did not believe in the formal ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1858-1938)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Painter, Librettist, Musician, Writer
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    Tinsel Korey
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    Tinsel Korey is a Canadian actress, best known for portraying the Makah Emily Young in the Twilight Saga films New Moon and Eclipse.more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Canada, Ontario
    • Profession: Painter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, The Lookout, Wyvern, + more
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    Annie Weatherwax
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    Annie Weatherwax is a painter, sculptor and an award winning author.more

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    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Writer
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    Elisabetta Sirani was an Italian Baroque painter and printmaker who died in still-unexplained circumstances at the early age of 27. She was the most famous woman artist in early modern Bologna and established an academy for other women artists.more

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1638-1665)
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Profession: Painter
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    Kristin Nelson
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    Kristin Nelson is an American primitive painter, actress and author, once married to the actor and musician Ricky Nelson. The daughter of the American football star Tom Harmon and the actress Elyse Knox, she is the older sister of model-actress Kelly Harmon and actor Mark Harmon. She married Nelson in ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Author, Actor, Writer, Artist
    • Credits: The Resurrection of Broncho Billy, Love and Kisses
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    Ineke ten Kate

    Ineke ten Kate is a painter, sculptor and actress.more

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    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Actor
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