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Famous Artists from Belgium

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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

    The Son of Man, The Menaced Assassin

    BirthplaceLessines, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsSurrealism


    Art FormsPainting

    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 of witty and...  more
  • Henri Michaux


    BirthplaceNamur, Belgium, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsLyrical abstraction

    NationalityFrance, Belgium

    Art FormsPainting

    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 best...  more
  • Sidney Nolan

    The Trial, Fitzpatrick and Kate Kelly

    BirthplaceVictoria, Australasia, Melbourne, Australia, St Kilda

    Associated periods or movementsSurrealism

    NationalityBelgium, Australia

    Art FormsPainting

    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 diverse...  more
  • James Ensor

    Skeletons Fighting for the Body of a Hanged Man, Tribulations of Saint Anthony

    BirthplaceOstend, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsModernism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Symbolist literature


    Art FormsPainting

    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 his...  more
  • Ambrosius Bosschaert

    Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, Still-Life of Flowers

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsDutch Golden Age, Baroque

    NationalityDutch Republic, Belgium

    Art FormsPainting

    Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (18 January 1573 – 1621) was a still life painter of the Dutch Golden Age....  more
  • Pierre Alechinsky

    Central Park, In the Process of Vanishing

    BirthplaceBrussels, Eurasia, Belgium


    Art FormsPainting, 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....  more
  • Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert

    Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert (1613 – 23 January 1654) was a Dutch-born Flemish Baroque painter....  more
  • Paul Delvaux

    Night Train, The Sleeping Venus

    BirthplaceWanze, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsSurrealism


    Art FormsPainting

    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

    The Last Clown, Untitled

    BirthplaceEurasia, Belgium, Antwerp


    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 formal...  more
  • Sebastian Vrancx

    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 scenes,...  more
  • Jacques d'Arthois

    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 native...  more
  • Joris van Son

    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 principally...  more
  • Andries van Eertvelt

    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 prominent...  more
  • 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 for...  more
  • Georges Lemmen

    The Two Sisters, Portrait of the Artist's Sister

    BirthplaceBrussels, Schaerbeek, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsModern art, Post-Impressionism, Neo-impressionism


    Art FormsPainting

    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 Serruys...  more
  • Peter Paul Rubens

    The Elevation of the Cross, The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus

    BirthplaceSiegen, Germany

    Associated periods or movementsBaroque, Antwerp school


    Art FormsPainting, 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
  • 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....  more
  • 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 representatives of...  more
  • Philippe de Champaigne

    Triple Portrait of Richelieu, Portrait of Cardinal Richelieu

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsBaroque

    NationalityFrance, Belgium

    Art FormsPainting

    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 founding member...  more
  • Marcel Broodthaers

    On the Art of Writing and on the Writing of Art, The Fishes

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsConceptual art


    Art FormsSculpture, 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....  more
  • Hieronymus Cock

    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 Rysselberghe

    La Meuse aux environs de Namur, Le Cafe-Concert

    BirthplaceGhent, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsNeo-impressionism


    Art FormsPainting

    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 the turn of the twentieth...  more
  • Georges Vantongerloo

    Composition II, Indigo Violet Derived from Equilateral Triangle

    BirthplaceAntwerp, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsDe Stijl


    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....  more
  • BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium

    Associated periods or movementsInstallation art

    NationalityBelgium, 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....  more
  • 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