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List of the most popular artists from Belgium, 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 Belgian 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 Belgian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List artists range from John Henry Mohrmann to Didier Matrige.

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

For further information on these historic Belgian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Belgian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
René Magritte is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
The Son of Man, The Menaced Assassin, Time Transfixed

Birthplace: Lessines, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

René François Ghislain Magritte (French: [ʁəne fʁɑ̃swa ɡilɛ̃ maɡʁit]; 21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian Surrealist artist. He became well known for creating a number ...more
Henri Michaux is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Mescaline Drawing, DRAWING OF DISINTEGRATION, Surrealistic scene

Birthplace: Namur, Belgium, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Lyrical abstraction

Nationality: France, Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Henri Michaux (French: [miʃo]; 24 May 1899 – 19 October 1984) was a highly idiosyncratic Belgian-born poet, writer, and painter who wrote in French. He later took French citizenship. Michaux is ...more
Sidney Nolan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
The Trial, Fitzpatrick and Kate Kelly, After Glenrowan Siege (Second Ned Kelly series)

Birthplace: St Kilda, Australia

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Belgium, Australia

Art Forms: Painting

Sir Sidney Robert Nolan (; 22 April 1917 – 28 November 1992) was one of Australia's leading artists of the 20th century. Working in a wide variety of mediums, his oeuvre is among the most ...more
James Ensor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Skeletons Fighting for the Body of a Hanged Man, Tribulations of Saint Anthony, Masks Confronting Death

Birthplace: Ostend, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Modernism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Symbolist literature

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor (13 April 1860 – 19 November 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost ...more

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Ambrosius Bosschaert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, Still-Life of Flowers, Vase of Flowers

Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Dutch Golden Age, Baroque

Nationality: Dutch Republic, Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (18 January 1573 – 1621) was a still life painter of the Dutch Golden Age.
Pierre Alechinsky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Central Park, In the Process of Vanishing, The Hairdresser

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

Pierre Alechinsky (born 19 October 1927) is a Belgian artist. He has lived and worked in France since 1951. His work is related to tachisme, abstract expressionism, and lyrical abstraction.
Thomas Willeboirts Bossc... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert

Birthplace: Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands

Associated periods or movements: Baroque

Nationality: Netherlands, Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert (1613 – 23 January 1654) was a Dutch-born Flemish Baroque painter.
Paul Delvaux is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Paul Delvaux Night Train, The Sleeping Venus, The Awakening of the Forest

Birthplace: Wanze, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Paul Delvaux (French: [dɛlvo]; 23 September 1897 – 20 July 1994) was a Belgian painter noted for his dream-like scenes of women, classical architecture, trains and train stations, and skeletons, ...more
Francis Alÿs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
The Last Clown, Untitled

Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Nationality: Belgium

Francis Alÿs (born 1959, Antwerp) is a Belgian-born, Mexico-based artist. His work emerges in the interdisciplinary space of art, architecture, and social practice. After leaving behind his ...more
Sebastian Vrancx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Sebastian Vrancx

Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Baroque

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Sebastiaen Vrancx, Sebastiaan Vrancx or Sebastian Vranckx (pronounced [ˈvrɑŋs]; 22 January 1573 – 19 May 1647) was a Flemish Baroque painter and draughtsman who is mainly known for his battle ...more
Jacques d'Arthois is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Jacques d'Arthois

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Baroque

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Jacques d'Arthois (12 October 1613 (baptised) – May 1686) was a Flemish painter and tapestry designer who specialized in wooded landscapes with figures. He often depicted the woods around his ...more
Joris van Son is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Joris van Son

Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Baroque

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Joris van Son or Georg van Son (baptized on 24 September 1623 in Antwerp – buried on 25 June 1667 in Antwerp) was a Flemish still life painter who worked in a number of sub-genres but is ...more
Andries van Eertvelt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Andries van Eertvelt

Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Baroque

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Andries van Eertvelt (1590 – 1652), was a Flemish painter, draughtsman and engraver who was one of the first Flemish artists to specialize in marine art. Several of his pupils also became ...more
Chantal Akerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Belgium

Chantal Anne Akerman (French: [akɛʁman]; 6 June 1950 – 5 October 2015) was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, artist, and film professor at the City College of New York. She is best known ...more

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Georges Lemmen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Georges Lemmen The Two Sisters, Portrait of the Artist's Sister

Birthplace: Brussels, Schaerbeek, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Modern art, Post-Impressionism, Neo-impressionism

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Georges Lemmen (1865–1916) was a neo-impressionist painter from Belgium. He was a member of Les XX from 1888. His works include The Beach at Heist, Aline Marechal and Vase of Flowers. Yvonne ...more
Peter Paul Rubens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
The Elevation of the Cross, The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Birthplace: Siegen, Germany

Associated periods or movements: Baroque, Antwerp school

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (; Dutch: [ˈrybə(n)s]; 28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) was a Flemish artist. He is considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens's highly charged ...more

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Jan Cox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium

Birthplace: The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Associated periods or movements: COBRA

Nationality: Netherlands, Belgium, United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

Jan Cox (27 August 1919 – 7 October 1980) was a painter who spent the largest part of his creative life in the United States and Belgium. He was born in The Hague.
Henry van de Velde is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium

Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Neo-impressionism

Nationality: Belgium

Henry Clemens van de Velde was a Belgian painter, architect and interior designer. Together with Victor Horta and Paul Hankar he could be considered as one of the main founders and ...more

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Philippe de Champaigne ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Triple Portrait of Richelieu, Portrait of Cardinal Richelieu, Saint Augustin

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Baroque

Nationality: France, Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Philippe de Champaigne (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɑ̃paɲ]; 26 May 1602 – 12 August 1674) was a Brabançon-born French Baroque era painter, a major exponent of the French school. He was a ...more
Marcel Broodthaers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Marcel Broodthaers On the Art of Writing and on the Writing of Art, The Fishes, White Cabinet and White Table

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Conceptual art

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Sculpture, Installation art

Marcel Broodthaers (28 January 1924 – 28 January 1976) was a Belgian poet, filmmaker and artist with a highly literate and often witty approach to creating art works.
Hieronymus Cock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Hieronymus Cock

Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Renaissance

Nationality: Netherlands, Belgium

Art Forms: Printing, Painting, Printmaking

Hieronymus Cock, or Hieronymus Wellens de Cock (1518 – 3 October 1570) was a Flemish painter and etcher as well as a publisher and distributor of prints. Cock is regarded as one of the most ...more
Théo van Rysselbe... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Théo van Rysselberghe La Meuse aux environs de Namur, Le Cafe-Concert, Child in a Clearing

Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Neo-impressionism

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Théophile "Théo" van Rysselberghe (23 November 1862 – 14 December 1926) was a Belgian neo-impressionist painter, who played a pivotal role in the European art scene at ...more
Georges Vantongerloo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Composition II, Indigo Violet Derived from Equilateral Triangle, Construction within a Sphere

Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: De Stijl

Nationality: Belgium

Georges Vantongerloo (24 November 1886, Antwerp – 5 October 1965, Paris) was a Belgian abstract sculptor and painter and founding member of the De Stijl group.
Carsten Höller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium
Test Site

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Installation art

Nationality: Belgium, Germany

Carsten Höller (born December 1961) is a German artist. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. He also shares a house in Ghana with colleague Marcel Odenbach.
Adriaen Brouwer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Belgium

Birthplace: Oudenaarde, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Baroque

Nationality: Netherlands, Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

Adriaen Brouwer (Oudenaarde, c. 1605 – Antwerp, January 1638) was a Flemish painter active in Flanders and the Dutch Republic in the first half of the 17th century. Brouwer was an important ...more