The Best LGBTQ+ Painters Of All Time

List 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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  • Frida Kahlo
    1
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1907-1954)
    • Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Michelangelo
    2
    Italy, Republic of Florence
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1475-1564)
    • Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
  • Leonardo da Vinci
    3
    Republic of Florence
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
  • Keith Haring
    4
    United States of America
    • Age: Dec. at 31 (1958-1990)
    • Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Andy Warhol
    5
    United States of America
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1928-1987)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania
  • John Singer Sargent
    6
    United States of America
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1856-1925)
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
    7
    United States of America
    • Age: Dec. at 27 (1960-1988)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
  • Francis Bacon
    8
    United Kingdom
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1909-1992)
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin
  • Tamara de Lempicka
    9
    United States of America
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1898-1980)
    • Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
  • David Hockney
    10
    United Kingdom
    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom
  • Robert Rauschenberg
    11
    United States of America
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1925-2008)
    • Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America
  • Henry Scott Tuke
    12
    United Kingdom
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1858-1929)
    • Birthplace: York, United Kingdom
  • Jasper Johns
    13
    United States of America
    • Age: 92
    • Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States of America
  • Gwen John
    14
    United Kingdom
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1876-1939)
    • Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
  • Kehinde Wiley
    15
    United States of America
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
  • Paul Cadmus
    16
    United States of America
    • Age: Dec. at 94 (1904-1999)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York
  • Cy Twombly
    17
    United States of America
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1928-2011)
    • Birthplace: Virginia
  • Charles Demuth
    20
    United States of America
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1883-1935)
    • Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Gluck
    22
    England
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1895-1978)
  • Lili Elbe
    23
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1896-1971)
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico