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Famous Artists from Austria

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List of the most popular artists from Austria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Austrian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Austrian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Artists here include everyone from Wilhelm J. Burger to Josef Eduard Teltscher.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Austria?" and "Who are the most well-known Austrian artists?"

For further information on these historic Austrian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Austrian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
Lucian Freud is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink, Woman with a Daffodil, Girl with a White Dog

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Realism, Realism, Surrealism, Expressionism

Nationality: United Kingdom

Art Forms: Painting

Lucian Michael Freud, OM (; 8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was a British painter and draftsman, specializing in figurative art, and is known as one of the foremost 20th-century portraitists. He ...more

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Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Denken, Der rote Blick, Blue Self-Portrait

Birthplace: Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria

Associated periods or movements: Der Blaue Reiter

Nationality: Austria, United States of America

Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg (, US also ; German: [ˈʃøːnbɛɐ̯k] (listen); 13 September 1874 – 13 July 1951) was an Austrian, and later American, composer, music theorist, teacher, ...more
Richard Neutra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Chair

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austria, United States of America

Richard Joseph Neutra was an American architect. Living and building for the majority of his career in Southern California, he came to be considered among the most important modernist
Egon Schiele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Egon Schiele Portrait of Edith Schiele In A Striped Dress, Self Portrait with Black Vase, Self-Portrait

Birthplace: Tulln an der Donau, Austria

Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Vienna Secession

Nationality: Austria, Czech Republic

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

Egon Schiele (German: [ˈʃiːlə] (listen); 12 June 1890 – 31 October 1918) was an Austrian painter. A protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early ...more
Gustav Klimt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
The Kiss, Danaë, Beethoven Frieze

Birthplace: Baumgarten, Vienna, Austria

Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Symbolist literature, Vienna Secession

Nationality: Austrian Empire

Art Forms: Painting

Alfred Kubin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
The Card Cheat, Vathek, Water Spirit

Birthplace: Europe, Litoměřice, Litoměřice District, Czech Republic, Central Europe, + more

Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Symbolist literature

Nationality: Austria

Art Forms: Painting

Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin (10 April 1877 – 20 August 1959) was an Austrian printmaker, illustrator, and occasional writer. Kubin is considered an important representative of Symbolism and ...more
Friedensreich Hundertwas... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Globulant, Autofahrer in der Nacht, Rain of Blood Dropping into Japanese Waters in an Austrian Garden

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austria, New Zealand

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist and architect. Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists by the end ...more
Alexandr Hackenschmied ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Austria

Birthplace: Linz, Austria

Nationality: Austria, United States of America

Alexandr Hackenschmied, born Alexander Siegfried George Hackenschmied, known later as Alexander Hammid (17 December 1907, Linz – 26 July 2004, New York City) was a Czech-American photographer, ...more
Gottfried Helnwein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Beautiful Victim, Mouse I, Head of a Child

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Associated periods or movements: Hyperrealism, Installation art

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, Austria

Art Forms: Photography, Installation art, Painting

Gottfried Helnwein (born 8 October 1948) is an Austrian-Irish visual artist. He has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, installation and performance artist, using a ...more
Hubertus of Hohenlohe-La... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Austria

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Austria, Mexico

Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 2 February 1959 in Mexico City as Hubertus Rudolph zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Spanish pronunciation: [uˈβeɾt̪us ruˈðolf su ...more

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Ernst Haas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Austria

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austria

For the political scientist, see Ernst B. Haas and for Swiss rower see Ernst Haas (rower).Ernst Haas (March 2, 1921 – September 12, 1986) was an Austrian-American photojournalist and color ...more
Oskar Kokoschka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Self-Portrait, Doctor Emma Veronika Sanders, Hans Tietze and Erica Tietze-Conrat

Birthplace: Pöchlarn, Austria

Associated periods or movements: Expressionism, Vienna Secession

Nationality: Austria

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

Oskar Kokoschka (1 March 1886 – 22 February 1980) was an Austrian artist, poet and playwright best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes.
Angelica Kauffman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Self-Portrait, Portrait of Lady Louisa Leveson-Gower, Ferdinand IV

Birthplace: Chur, Switzerland

Associated periods or movements: Neoclassicism

Nationality: Austria

Art Forms: Painting

Maria Anna Angelika Kauffmann (30 October 1741 – 5 November 1807), usually known in English as Angelica Kauffman, was a Swiss Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. ...more
Manfred Kielnhofer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
The timeguards, Danceperformence Hauptplatz Linz, photo sculpture

Birthplace: Haslach an der Mühl, Austria

Nationality: Austria

Art Forms: Sculpture

Manfred "KILI" Kielnhofer (born January 28, 1967 in Haslach an der Mühl) is an Austrian painter, sculptor, designer and photographer.
Paul Flora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Paul Flora

Birthplace: Glurns, Italy

Nationality: Austria

Paul Flora (6 June 1922 – 15 May 2009) is known for his black ink line drawings. "Flora was one of Europe’s most profiled illustrators since the 1960s. He worked for British newspapers The ...more
Stefan Sagmeister is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Nine Lives (Aerosmith album, cover art), OK Go (cover art)

Birthplace: Bregenz, Austria

Nationality: Austria

Stefan Sagmeister (born August 6, 1962 in Bregenz, Austria) is a New York-based graphic designer, storyteller, and typographer. Sagmeister co-founded a design firm called Sagmeister & Walsh ...more
Weegee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Flagpole Painter, Transvestite in Paddy Wagon, Woman

Birthplace: Zolochiv, Ukraine

Nationality: Austria, United States of America, Austria-Hungary

Art Forms: Photography

Arthur (Usher) Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968), known by his pseudonym Weegee, was a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography in New ...more
Peter Weibel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Austria

Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine

Nationality: Ukraine, Austria

Peter Weibel (German: [ˈvaɪbəl]; born 5 March 1944 in Odessa, USSR) is an internationally known Austrian post-conceptual artist, curator and new media theoretician. He started out in 1964 as a ...more
Raoul Hausmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Etude d'expression (Study of Expression)

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Associated periods or movements: Dada

Nationality: Austria

Art Forms: Collage

Raoul Hausmann (July 12, 1886 – February 1, 1971) was an Austrian artist and writer. One of the key figures in Berlin Dada, his experimental photographic collages, sound poetry and institutional ...more
Friedrich von Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Austria

Nationality: Austria, Germany

Friedrich von Schmidt was an architect who worked in late 19th century Vienna. Von Schmidt was born in Frickenhofen, Gschwend, Württemberg, Germany. After studying at the technical high ...more
Gabriel von Max is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Gabriel von Max

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Nationality: Austria

Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max (ennobled in 1900; 23 August 1840 – 24 November 1915) was a Prague-born Austrian painter.
Martin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Austria

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austria

Martin Arnold (born 1959 in Vienna, Austria) is an experimental filmmaker known for his obsessive deconstruction of found footage. Arnold's films are intensely cut sequences in which several ...more
Albert Schickedanz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Austria

Birthplace: Bielsko-Biała, Poland

Nationality: Austria, Hungary

Art Forms: Painting

Albert Schickedanz was an Austro-Hungarian architect and painter in the Eclectic style. Schickedanz was born in Biala, Galicia, to an ethnic German family. He studied at his home town and at ...more
Othmar Schimkowitz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Austria

Birthplace: Austria

Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession

Nationality: Austria

Othmar Schimkowitz (2 October 1864 in Tárts, Komárom County – 24 April 1947 in Graz) was a Hungarian-born architectural sculptor who worked on the greatest landmarks of the Vienna
Carl Moll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Austria
Carl Moll

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Associated periods or movements: Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession

Nationality: Austria

Art Forms: Painting

Carl Julius Rudolf Moll (23 April 1861 – 13 April 1945) was a prominent art nouveau painter active in Vienna at the start of the 20th century. He was one of the artists of the Vienna Secession ...more