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List of famous Outsider Art artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Outsider Art movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Outsider Art period artists are organized alphabetically, but you may sort this information by clicking any column. Every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use the artists in this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then publish it. This list is made up of artists like Sam Steinberg and Joseph Yoakum. (10 items)
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Joseph Yoakum


Joseph Elmer Yoakum was a self-taught landscape artist of African-American and Native American descent, who drew landscapes in a highly individual style. He was 76 when he started to record his memories in the form of imaginary landscapes, and he produced over 2,000 drawings during the last decade ...more

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Birthplace: Missouri, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Outsider art

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Drawing

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Nek Chand Saini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Outsider Art Artists
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Nek Chand Saini


Nek Chand Saini is a self-taught Indian artist, known for building the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, an eighteen-acre sculpture garden in the city of Chandigarh, India. He hailed from Shakargarh region of district Gurdaspur. His family moved to Chandigarh in 1947 during the Partition. At the time, the ...more

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Birthplace: Narowal District

Associated periods or movements: Outsider art

Nationality: India

Art Forms: Sculpture

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Henry Darger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Outsider Art Artists
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Henry Darger


Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a hospital custodian in Chicago, Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the ...more

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Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Naïve art, Outsider art

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Collage, Painting, Drawing

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Howard Finster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Outsider Art Artists
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Howard Finster was an American artist and Baptist minister from Georgia. He claimed to be inspired by God to spread the gospel through the design of his swampy land into Paradise Gardens, a folk art sculpture garden with over 46,000 pieces of art. His creations include outsider art, naïve art, and ...more

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Birthplace: Valley Head, Alabama, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Naïve art, Folk art, Outsider art

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Royal Robertson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Outsider Art Artists
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Royal Robertson


Royal Robertson, also known as the self-proclaimed Prophet Royal Robertson, was an American artist. ...more

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Birthplace: Louisiana, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Outsider art

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Judith Scott


Judith Scott was an internationally renowned American fiber artist. She was a fraternal twin to Joyce Scott, and was born profoundly deaf, mute, and with Down syndrome. She was sent to an Ohio state hospital when she was seven and remained there until her sister became her guardian 35 years later. ...more

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Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Outsider art

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Sam Steinberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Outsider Art Artists
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Sam Steinberg


Sam Steinberg was an American outsider art painter from The Bronx, New York, called the "unofficial artist-in-residence" at Columbia University by Peter Frank. His work was "shown" exclusively on the Columbia campus, and his style was one of the first identified as "outsider," an approach coined by ...more

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

Associated periods or movements: Outsider art

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Daniel Martin Diaz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Outsider Art Artists
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Daniel Martin Diaz is a Mexican American artist whose work has gained him international renown. His style is a combination of Northern European Art, Spanish Colonial Art, Surrealism, and Post-Modernism. While he primarily works with oils on wood, he works in a wide variety of other mediums, ...more

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Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Outsider art

Art Forms: Painting

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