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List of the most popular artists from Brazil, 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. You might also be interested in the best pointillism artists and famous art deco artists. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Brazilian 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 Brazilian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Pedro Lobo and Antonio Roque Gobbo are included on this list along with many more.

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

For further information on these historic Brazilian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Brazilian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.

Lygia Clark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Brazil
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Lygia Clark


Lygia Clark was a Brazilian artist best known for her painting and installation work. She was often associated with the Brazilian Constructivist movements of the mid-20th century and the Tropicalia movement. Even with the changes in how she approached her artwork, she did not stray far from her Constructivist roots. Along with Brazilian artists Amilcar de Castro, Franz Weissmann, Lygia Pape and poet Ferreira Gullar, Clark co-founded the Neo-Concrete movement. The Neo-Concretists believed that art ought to be subjective and organic. Throughout her career trajectory, Clark discovered ways for museum goers to interact with her art works. She sought to redefine the relationship between art and ...more

Artworks: Baba Antropofágica, Bicho Arquitetura Fantástico Nº1, Quebra da Moldura, Poetic Shelter, Superfície Modulada n°2, + more

Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Art Forms: Installation art, Painting

Hélio Oiticica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Brazil
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Hélio Oiticica was a Brazilian visual artist, best known for his participation in the Neo-Concrete Movement, for his innovative use of color, and for what he later termed "environmental art", which included Parangolés and Penetrables, like the famous Tropicália. ...more

Artworks: Neoconcrete Relief, Box Bolide 12^! 'archeologic'

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Art Forms: Painting

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Romero Britto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Brazil
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Romero Britto is a Brazilian Neo-pop artist, painter, serigrapher, and sculptor. He combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work. Britto has lived in Miami, Florida since 1989. Shortly after Britto arrived in the United States, Michel Roux, founder of Absolute Vodka's Absolute Art Ad Campaign, happened by Britto's first studio in Coconut Grove, Florida. Roux quickly asked Britto to reinterpret the famous bottle, which would be published and seen by millions. Consistently challenging himself, Britto has completed other corporate works for Movado, Disney, Enrico Coveri, Pepsi, the United Nations, BMW and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Britto has one main art gallery in ...more

Artworks: Mona Cat, Growing As A Child, Dance of Hearts, Brendan‘s Whale, Best Friends, + more

Birthplace: Recife, Brazil

Associated periods or movements: Pop art

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking

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Candido Portinari is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Brazil
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Candido Portinari was one of the most important Brazilian painters and also a prominent and influential practitioner of the neo-realism style in painting. Born to Giovan Battista Portinari and Domenica Torquato, Italian immigrants from Veneto, in a coffee plantation near Brodowski, in São Paulo, Portinari studied at the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro. In 1928 he won a gold medal at the ENBA and a trip to Paris where he stayed until 1930, when he returned to Brazil. He joined the Brazilian Communist Party and stood for senator in 1947 but had to flee Brazil for Uruguay due to the persecution of Communists during the government of Eurico Gaspar Dutra. He returned to Brazil in ...more

Artworks: Return From The Fair, Hill, O lavrador de café

Birthplace: Brodowski, Brazil

Associated periods or movements: Modern art

Art Forms: Painting

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