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Famous Male Visual Artists

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List of famous male visual artists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male visual artists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being visual artists. There are thousand of males working as visual artists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic visual artists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a visual artist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Robert Cook to John Waters, plus much more.

While this isn't a list of all male visual artists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male visual artists?" and "Who are the best male visual artists?"

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    David Lynch
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    David Keith Lynch is an American film director, television director, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend or ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, + more
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    Alexander McQueen
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    Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE was a British fashion designer and couturier. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen label. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards, as well as the CFDA's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1969-2010)
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer, Visual Artist, Artist
    • Credits: Björk: Greatest Hits
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    John Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist, film producer and visual artist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in 2011. Stipe is noted and occasionally parodied for the "mumbling" style of his early career as well as ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Decatur
    • Profession: Activist, Record producer, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Being John Malkovich, Saved!, Olive, the Other Reindeer, Sesame Street: Singing with the Stars, + more
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    John Milton Cage Jr. was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1912-1992)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Author, Actor, Composer, + more
    • Credits: At Land, Dreams That Money Can Buy, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: A Portrait of David Toop Through His Records Collection, John Cage: One 11 with 103, Ritual in Transfigured Time, + more
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    Victor Hugo
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    Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1802-1885)
    • Birthplace: Besançon, France
    • Profession: Statesman, Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, + more
    • Credits: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Misérables, Les Misérables, + more
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    Clive Barker is an English writer, film director, and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories known as the Books of Blood which established him as a leading young horror writer. He has since ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, Eurasia, Lancashire, North West England, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Hellraiser, Candyman, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Dread, + more
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    Francis Bacon
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    Francis Bacon was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, emotionally charged and raw imagery. His painterly abstracted figures are typically isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages, set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. Bacon took up painting in his early 20s but worked ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1909-1992)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Visual Artist, Artist
    • Credits: Francis Bacon
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    John Waters
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    John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Waters's 1970s and early '80s films feature his regular troupe of actors known as the ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, USA, Maryland
    • Profession: Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, + more
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    Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1887-1965)
    • Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
    • Profession: Designer, Architect, Writer, Visual Artist, Urban planner
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    Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda LHD is an American musician, record producer, and artist. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist, and co-vocalist. Shinoda later created a hip hop-driven side project, Fort Minor, in 2003. He served as a producer for ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Agoura Hills, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Raid: Redemption, Frat Party at the Pankake Festival, Dark as Day, The Seed, Mall, + more
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    Oscar Niemeyer
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    Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital ...more

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    • Age: Died at 105 (1907-2012)
    • Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
    • Profession: Architect, Visual Artist
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    Humpty Hump is an actor and musician.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Rapper, Pianist, Musician, Cartoonist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Digital Underground: Raw and Uncut
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    Grayson Perry
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    Grayson Perry, CBE is an English artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing. Perry's vases have classical forms and are decorated in bright colours, depicting subjects at odds with their attractive appearance. There is a strong autobiographical element in his work, in which images of ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Chelmsford, England
    • Profession: Artist
    • Credits: All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, Grayson/Flowers/Jewels
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    Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed is an American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip that dealt with sociopolitical issues as understood by fanciful characters and through humorous analogies. Bloom County earned ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Encino, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Author
    • Credits: Mars Needs Moms, Tim Warner: A Life in the Clouds, Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big
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    Peter Fuller

    Peter Michael Fuller was a British art critic and magazine editor who was educated at Epsom College and Peterhouse, Cambridge. Fuller was born in 1947 in Damascus, Syria. In the early 1970s he wrote for the radical Black Dwarf and Seven Days newspapers, and was responsible for establishing the latter, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1947-1990)
    • Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
    • Profession: Visual Artist
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    Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, OBE is a British sculptor. His best known works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998, Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool, and Event Horizon, a multi-part site ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Sculptor, Visual Artist, Artist
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    Sigmar Polke
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    Sigmar Polke was a German painter and photographer. Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1941-2010)
    • Birthplace: Oleśnica, Poland
    • Profession: Painter, Visual Artist, Artist, Photographer
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    Takashi Murakami
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    Takashi Murakami is an internationally prolific contemporary Japanese artist. He works in fine arts media—such as painting and sculpture—as well as what is conventionally considered commercial media —fashion, merchandise, and animation— and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Contemporary artist, Writer, Visual Artist
    • Credits: Star Watching Dog, Jellyfish Eyes
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    Waldemar Januszczak is a British art critic and television documentary producer and presenter. Formerly the art critic of The Guardian, he took the same role at The Sunday Times in 1992, and has twice won the Critic of the Year award.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Art critic, Visual Artist
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    Joan Brossa
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    Joan Brossa was a Catalan poet, as well as a playwright, graphic designer and visual artist. He wrote his huge literary work in the Catalan language only. He was one of the founders of both the group and the publication known as Dau-al-Set and one of the leading early proponents of visual poetry in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1919-1998)
    • Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
    • Profession: Poet, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer, Writer, Visual Artist, + more
    • Credits: Cuadecuc, vampir, Umbracle, La màgia a Catalunya, És quan dormo que hi veig clar, + more
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