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List of famous visual artists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top visual artists in the world? This includes the most prominent visual artists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable visual artists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic visual 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 visual artists.

A list made up of people like Alexander McQueen and David Lynch.

From reputable, prominent, and well known visual artists to the lesser known visual artists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the visual artist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous visual artists ever?" and "What are the names of famous visual artists?" then you're in the right place. (442 items)
David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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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 ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician Cinematographer, + more

Credits: Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet

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Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1969-2010)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Greater London, United Kingdom, London London Borough of Lewisham, + more

Profession: Fashion designer, Designer, Visual Artist, Artist

Credits: Björk: Greatest Hits

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#48 on The Most Influential People in Fashion

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Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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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 ...more

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Record producer, Television producer, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Independence Day, Vanilla Sky, Bowling for Columbine, Neighbors

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John Cage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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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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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI, professionally known as Brian Eno or simply Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music. Eno was a student of Roy Ascott on his Groundcourse ...more

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Age: 67

Birthplace: Woodbridge, England

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Composer Singer, + more

Credits: Shutter Island, Trainspotting, Heat, Wall Street

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Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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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: Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Misérables, Re mizeraburu: shoujo kozetto

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Janet Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Janet Gaynor was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and silent films. After signing with Fox Film Corporation in 1926, she rose to fame and would become one of the biggest box office draws of the era. In 1929, she was the first ...more

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Age: Died at 78 (1906-1984)

Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Painter, Actor, Visual Artist

Credits: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Christina, A Star Is Born, Delicious Ladies in Love, + more

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Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Grace Slick is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and former model, best known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, as well as for her work as a solo artist from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. She is considered ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Illustrator, Painter, Songwriter, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: American Hustle, Platoon, Sesame Street, The Game

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