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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Performance Artists
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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 listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Performance Artists
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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: 29
    • Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Composer, Dancer, Violinist
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    Spalding Gray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Performance Artists
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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: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: The Killing Fields, How High, Kate & Leopold, Beaches, The Paper, + more
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    Peaches is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Performance Artists
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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: 47
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Performer, Record producer, Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Lost in Translation, Mean Girls, Fast & Furious 6, Cashback
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    Miranda July is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Performance Artists
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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

    Ron Athey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Performance Artists
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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: 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: 65
    • Birthplace: Victoria Park, Manchester, Eurasia, Manchester, United Kingdom, + more
    • 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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