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List of Famous Performance Artists

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List of famous performance artists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top performance artists in the world? This includes the most prominent performance artists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable performance artists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic performance artists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned performance artists.

List is made up of people like Miranda July and Peaches.

From reputable, prominent, and well known performance artists to the lesser known performance artists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the performance artist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous performance artists ever?" and "What are the names of famous performance artists?" then you're in the right place. (35 items)

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    Joey Arias
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    Joey Arias is a New York-based performance artist, cabaret singer, and drag artist.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Drag queen, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Big Top Pee-wee, Arias With A Twist, Mondo New York
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    Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindsey Stirling, which she introduced in 2007. Stirling performs a variety of music styles, from classical to ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Composer, Dancer, Violinist
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    Spalding Rockwell Gray was an American actor and writer. He is known for the autobiographical monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s and 1990s. Theater critics John Willis and Ben Hodges described his monologue work as "trenchant, personal narratives delivered on sparse, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1941-2004)
    • Birthplace: USA, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Profession: Performer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: The Killing Fields, How High, Kate & Leopold, Beaches, The Paper, + more
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    Merrill Beth Nisker, better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist who lives in Berlin, Germany. Her songs are noted for disregarding traditional gender norms, and for their use of sexually explicit lyrics. She plays her own instruments for her songs, ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Performer, Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Ivory Tower, Peaches Does Herself, To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition Of Their Desperation
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    Miranda July
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    Miranda Jennifer July is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, author and artist. Her body of work includes film, fiction, monologue, digital media presentations, and live performance art. She wrote, directed and starred in the films Me and You and Everyone We Know and The Future. Her most ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Barre, Vermont, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Screenwriter, Actor, Singer, Artist, + more
    • Credits: Me and You and Everyone We Know, Jesus' Son, The Center of the World, The Future, !Women Art Revolution, + more
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    Ron Athey
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    Ron Athey is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Groton, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Pornographic actor, Actor
    • Credits: Single White Female, No One Sleeps, Sex/Life in L.A., HotMen CoolBoyz
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    Luis Alfaro is a renowned Chicano performance artist, writer, theater director, and social activist. His plays and fiction are set in Los Angeles's Chicano barrios, including the Pico Union district, and often feature gay and lesbian and working-class themes. Many of Alfaro's plays also deal with the ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: From Prada to Nada
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    Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, and occultist. P-Orridge rose to notability as founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective, which operated in Britain from 1969 to 1975. She fronted the pioneering industrial band Throbbing Gristle ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Performer, Film Score Composer, Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, Better Living Through Circuitry, Decoder, Ghosts#9, Flicker, + more
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    William Mills "Bill" Irwin is an American actor, clown, and comedian. He is best known for his vaudeville-style stage performances and has been noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. He has also made a number of appearances on film and television, and he won a ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Choreographer, Actor, Clown, + more
    • Credits: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Interstellar, Across the Universe, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Eight Men Out, + more
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    Tehching Hsieh appeared in the Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry documentary film.more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Taiwan
    • Profession: Performer, Actor
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    Kelly Moe is an actress.more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Oregon, USA, Pendleton
    • Profession: Performer, Singer-songwriter
    • Credits: The Auteur
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    Jillian Mayer
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    Jillian Mayer is a visual performance artist and filmmaker based in Florida. Mayer's video works and performances have been displayed at galleries and museums internationally and film festivals such as SXSW and Sundance. She was recently featured in Art Papers and in ArtNews discussing identity, ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Visual Artist, + more
    • Credits: Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, #PostModem, Reinaldo Arenas, I Am Your Grandma, The Coral Reef Are Dreaming Again
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    Daevid Allen
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    Christopher David Allen, better known as Daevid Allen, sometimes credited as Divided Alien, was an Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist. He was co-founder of psychedelic rock groups Soft Machine and Gong.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Victoria, DVD Region 4, Oceania, Australasia, Melbourne, + more
    • Profession: Performer, Film Score Composer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Black Balloon, Daevid Allen's University of Errors: Plays the Soft Machine, Acid Mothers Gong: Live at the Uncon 06, Gong: Live at Ungong 2006
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    David Mura
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    David Mura is a Japanese American author, poet, novelist, playwright, critic and performance artist. His most recent book is his novel, Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire. His honors include two NEA fellowships, the 1994 Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers Award, and a US/Japan Creative Artist ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Poet, Novelist, Author, Critic, + more
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    Jam Rostron, better known by her stage name Planningtorock, is an English electronic musician and record producer who lives in Berlin, Germany.more

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    • Birthplace: Bolton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Performer, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Bad Breast; or, The Strange Case of Theda Lange
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    Gottfried Helnwein is an Austrian born Austrian-Irish fine artist, painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna. He was awarded the Master-class prize of the University of Visual Art, Vienna, the Kardinal-K├Ânig prize and the ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Performer, Multi Media Artist, Fine art artist, Artist, Photographer
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    Robert "Bob" Ostertag is an experimental sound artist and writer based in San Francisco.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Albuquerque, USA, New Mexico
    • Profession: Performer, Musician
    • Credits: The Reach of Resonance, Special Forces, Between Science and Garbage
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    Watkin Tudor Jones
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    Watkin Tudor Jones Jr. is an actor.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Profession: Performer, Record producer, Rapper, Satirist
    • Credits: Chappie
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    Andrew Logan is an English sculptor, performance artist, jewellery-maker, portraitist and painter. He was born at Witney, Oxfordshire, in England. He was educated as an architect at the Oxford School of Architecture, graduating in 1970. As the founder of the Alternative Miss World in 1972 he became a ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Witney, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Performer, Sculptor, Painter, Jewelry designer
    • Credits: Glitterbug
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    Erik Sprague, better known as The Lizardman, is a freak show and sideshow performer, best known for his body modification, including his sharpened teeth, full-body tattoo of green scales, bifurcated tongue, subdermal implants and recently, green-inked lips. Rumors that he hoped to get a tail transplant ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Fort Campbell
    • Profession: Performer
    • Credits: Boxboarders!, Weird, True & Freaky
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