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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.

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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)
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: 67

Birthplace: Fayetteville, USA, North Carolina

Profession: Performer, Drag queen, Actor, Singer

Credits: Big Top Pee-wee, Arias With A Twist, Mondo New York

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#17 on The Greatest New York Drag Queens

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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 ...more

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Age: 30

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States of America

Profession: Performer, Composer, Dancer, Violinist

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#44 on The Greatest Artists With Only One Masterpiece

#57 on The Greatest Violinists of All Time

#1 on The Greatest Violists of All Time

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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 ...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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#61 on The Greatest Female Rappers of All Time

#11 on The Best Lesbian Rappers

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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: 41

Birthplace: Barre, Vermont, USA

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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#42 on The Best Female Directors

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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: 55

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 ...more

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Age: 52

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

Profession: Performer, Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Writer Playwright

Credits: From Prada to Nada

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Genesis P-Orridge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Performance Artists
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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 ...more

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Age: 67

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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