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Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists

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List of famous abstract expressionism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the abstract expressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. You might also be interested in famous post-impressionist artists and famous rococo artists. These notable abstract expressionism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best abstract expressionism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

List ranges from Jackson Pollock to Jasper Johns, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous abstract expressionism artists?" and "Who are the best abstract expressionism artists?"

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use the artists in this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to. 

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    Jacques Rosas

    Living Abstract Expressionist and founder of legendary Shop Studios
    • Artworks: Street Art, Oils on canvass from Life
    • Birthplace: Stockton, CA
    • Associated periods or movements: Contempary Art
    • Art Forms: Oils on canvass
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    Hans Hofmann (March 21, 1880 – February 17, 1966) was a German-born American painter, renowned as an artist and teacher in a career that spanned two generations and two continents, and is considered to have both preceded and influenced Abstract Expressionism. Born and educated near Munich, he was active in the early twentieth-century European avant-garde and brought a deep understanding and synthesis of the currents of Symbolism, Neoimpressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism when he emigrated to the United States in 1932. Hofmann's painting is characterized by its rigorous concern with pictorial structure and unity, spatial illusionism, and use of bold color for expressive means. The influential...  more
    • Artworks: City Horizon, Fruit Bowl with Apples, Table--Version II, Kaleidos, Cathedral
    • Birthplace: Weißenburg in Bayern, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Jevel Demikovski (March 27, 1922 – February 4, 2007), known professionally as Jules Olitski, was an American painter, printmaker, and sculptor....  more
    • Artworks: Susie Wiles, Darkness Spread-8, Fanny Dimes, Untitled #9, Bathsheba Dream One
    • Birthplace: Shchors, Ukraine
    • Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism, Lyrical abstraction
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking
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  • Milton Ernest "Robert" Rauschenberg (October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008) was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. Rauschenberg is well known for his "combines" of the 1950s, in which non-traditional materials and objects were employed in various combinations. Rauschenberg was both a painter and a sculptor, and the combines are a combination of the two, but he also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking and performance.Rauschenberg was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993 and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts in 1995 in recognition of his more than 40 years of artmaking.Rauschenberg lived and worked in New York City...  more
    • Artworks: Lincoln, Dam, Whale, Moon Museum, Untitled (Glossy Black Painting)
    • Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Mixed media, Abstract expressionism, Neo-Dada, Postmodernism, Pop art
    • Art Forms: Painting
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