The Best LGBTQ+ Painters Of All Time

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best LGBTQ+ Painters Of All Time
Voting Rules
Vote up the LGBTQ+ painters you think produced the best bodies of work throughout their careers.

As long as people have been making art, LGBTQ+ artists have been painting from their perspective. From gay painters like Leonardo da Vinci and Andy Warhol to bisexuals like Frida Kahlo and trans artists like Lili Elbe and Jeffrey Catherine Jones, the rainbow of great LGBTQ+ painters stretches around the world. 

All of these artists have created amazing bodies of work and changed art history books for the better, but it's more difficult to determine who has truly left their mark. Even if some of the names are new to you, their paintings are familiar, and it’s up to you to help determine which painters have made, or are making, history with their art.

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  • Leonardo da Vinci
    Italy, Republic of Florence
    236 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Vinci, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe
    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more
  • Frida Kahlo
    226 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1907-1954)
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Coyoacán, Greater Mexico City, Delegaciones del Distrito Federal, Mexico
    Frida Kahlo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾiða ˈkalo]; born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and ...more
  • Michelangelo
    Italy, Republic of Florence
    204 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1475-1564)
    • Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
    Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled ...more
  • Keith Haring
    United States of America
    182 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 31 (1958-1990)
    • Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania
    Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s.Haring's work grew to ...more
  • Andy Warhol
    United States of America
    162 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1928-1987)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
    United States of America
    124 votes
    • Age: Dec. at 27 (1960-1988)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Jean-Michel Basquiat (French: [ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl baskija]; December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an ...more