List of Famous Visual Artists People

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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    Clive Barker is an English writer, film director, and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories known as the Books of Blood which established him as a leading young horror writer. He has since ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Profession: Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Hellraiser, Candyman, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Dread, + more
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    Francis Bacon
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    Francis Bacon was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, emotionally charged and raw imagery. His painterly abstracted figures are typically isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages, set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. Bacon took up painting in his early 20s but worked ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1909-1992)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Visual Artist, Artist
    • Credits: Francis Bacon
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    John Lydon
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    John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer of punk rock band the Sex Pistols from 1975 until 1978, and again for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. He is the lead singer of the post-punk ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Holloway, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television presenter, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Sons of Norway, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Juke Box Jury, Copkiller, The Independent
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    John Waters
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    John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Waters's 1970s and early '80s films feature his regular troupe of actors known as the ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, USA, Maryland
    • Profession: Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, + more
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    Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She is also a songwriter, painter and director. "M.I.A." is a play on her own name and a reference to the abbreviation for Missing in Action. Her compositions combine ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Hounslow, London, England
    • Profession: Activist, Fashion designer, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Khushiyaan, Born Free
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    Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in 1930. His career spanned five ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1887-1965)
    • Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
    • Profession: Designer, Architect, Writer, Visual Artist, Urban planner
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    Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was a British musician, impresario, visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, notable for combining these activities in an inventive and provocative way. Raised unconventionally by his grandmother after his father Peter McLaren left the family home, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1946-2010)
    • Birthplace: Stoke Newington, London, England
    • Profession: Impresario, Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Entrepreneur, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Filth and the Fury, Fast Food Nation, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Who Killed Bambi?, Chaos!: Ex Pistols' Secret History: The Dave Goodman Story, + more
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    Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda LHD is an American musician, record producer, and artist. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist, and co-vocalist. Shinoda later created a hip hop-driven side project, Fort Minor, in 2003. He served as a producer for ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Agoura Hills, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Raid: Redemption, Frat Party at the Pankake Festival, Dark as Day, The Seed, Mall, + more
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    Oscar Niemeyer
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    Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital ...more

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    • Age: Died at 105 (1907-2012)
    • Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Profession: Architect, Visual Artist
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    Humpty Hump is an actor and musician.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Rapper, Pianist, Musician, Cartoonist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Digital Underground: Raw and Uncut
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    Antony Hegarty, often referred to simply as Antony, is an English singer, composer, and visual artist, best known as the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. Antony was born in the city of Chichester, England, in 1971. In 1981 Antony's family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the United ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: England, Chichester
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Composer, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Animal Factory, Wild Side, Bob Wilson's Life & Death of Marina Abramovic, Turning
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    Dimitris Papaioannou is a Greek experimental theater stage director, choreographer and visual artist who drew media attention and acclaim with his creative direction of the Opening Ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. His varied career spans three decades and has seen him conceive and direct stage ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Athens, Greece
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Choreographer, Visual Artist
    • Credits: Wasted Youth
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