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List of Famous Visual Artists

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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)

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    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 or ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, + more
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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 CFDA's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1969-2010)
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer, Visual Artist, Artist
    • Credits: Björk: Greatest Hits
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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 as ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Decatur
    • Profession: Activist, Record producer, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Being John Malkovich, Saved!, Olive, the Other Reindeer, Sesame Street: Singing with the Stars, + more
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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 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 at ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Woodbridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Composer, Singer, + more
    • Credits: The Lovely Bones, The Jacket, The Pillow Book, Opera, The Million Dollar Hotel, + more
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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: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Misérables, Les Misérables, + more
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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: USA, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • 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 one ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Painter, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Woodstock, Jefferson Starship: The Definitive Concert
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