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List of the most popular artists from China, 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. Make sure to also check out famous artists from Japan and famous South Korean artists. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Chinese 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 Chinese artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Ai Weiwei and Muqi Fachang are included in this list.

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

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

Ai Weiwei is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from China
Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, Coca-Cola vase, Sunflower Seeds Ai Weiwei is a film producer and film director.

Muqi Fachang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from China
Muqi Fachang Six Persimmons Muqi Fachang or Muxi Fachang was a Chinese Zen Buddhist monk and painter who lived in the 13th century, around the end of the Southern Song dynasty. His surname is thought to be Xue; Muqi/Muxi ...more

Zao Wou Ki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from China
Zao Wou Ki Scene Chinoise Zao Wou-Ki was a Chinese-French painter. He was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Yue Minjun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from China
Yue Minjun Execution Yue Minjun is a contemporary Chinese artist based in Beijing, China. He is best known for oil paintings depicting himself in various settings, frozen in laughter. He has also reproduced this ...more

Liu Kang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from China
Life by the River, Adjusting the Waistband, Roast Pork Stall Liu Kang was a Singaporean artist famous for his Balinese-themed figurative paintings. He was a founding member of the Singapore Art Society, and was credited with developing the Nanyang Style. ...more

Yonfan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from China
Yonfan is a Taiwanese film director and photographer.

Xu Bing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from China
A Book from the Sky, Lost Letters, Big Tire Xu Bing is a Chinese-born artist who lived in the United States for eighteen years. Currently residing in Beijing, he serves as the president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is most ...more

Wang Wei is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from China
Wang Wei and also known by other names such as Wang Youcheng, was a Tang dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter, and statesman. He was one of the most famous men of arts and letters of his ...more

Cai Guo-Qiang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from China
Borrowing Your Enemy's Arrows Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese contemporary artist currently living and working in New York City.

Qi Baishi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from China
Eagle Standing on Pine Tree, Jade Spade, Long Melons Qi Baishi was an influential Chinese painter. Born to a peasant family from Xiangtan, Hunan, Qi became a carpenter at 14, and learned to paint by himself. After he turned 40, he traveled, ...more

Gu Kaizhi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from China
Gu Kaizhi, courtesy name Changkang, was a celebrated painter of ancient China. He was born in Wuxi and first painted at Nanjing in 364. In 366, he became an officer. Later he was promoted to ...more

Ni Zan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from China
The Distant Cold Flow Pine, The Rongxi Studio, Sorrow While Traveling Ni Zan was a Chinese painter during the Yuan and early Ming periods. Along with Huang Gongwang, Wu Zhen, and Wang Meng, he is considered to be one of the Four Masters of the Yuan Dynasty.

Tang Yin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from China
Mountain Scene Tang Yin, courtesy name Tang Bohu, was a Chinese scholar, painter, calligrapher, and poet of the Ming dynasty period whose life story has become a part of popular lore. Even though he was born ...more

Wang Shimin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from China
Wang Shimin Studio in the mountain, Summer mountain after rain, Houses in the Forest Wáng Shímǐn was a Chinese landscape painter during the Qing Dynasty. Born in the Jiangsu province, Wang grew up in an artistic, scholarly environment. His grandfather was a prime ...more

Xu Wei is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from China
Grapes, Bamboo Xu Wei was a Ming Chinese painter, poet, writer and dramatist famed for his artistic expressiveness. Revolutionary for its time, his painting style influenced and inspired countless subsequent ...more

Shitao is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from China
Shi Tao;, born Zhu Ruoji was a Chinese landscape painter and poet during the early part of the Qing Dynasty. Born in Quanzhou County in Guangxi province, Shi Tao was a member of the Ming royal ...more

Shen Quan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from China
Shen Quan Shen Quan was a Chinese painter during the Qing Dynasty. His courtesy name was Nanpin and his sobriquet was Hengzhai. His works became influential in Japanese Edo period art. Shen was born in ...more

Wen Zhengming is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from China
Living Aloft: Master Liu's Retreat, Scholar Seated in Grove, Crossing the Bridge Wen Zhengming was a leading Ming dynasty painter, calligrapher, and scholar. Born in present-day Suzhou, he claimed to be a descendant of the Song dynasty prime minister and patriot Wen ...more

Feng Zikai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from China
Winter Holiday, Grandma Reminiscing, Tilting Dolls and Flowers Feng Zikai was an influential Chinese painter and pioneering manhua artist.

Wu Guanzhong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from China
Flower, Fishes, Toyko at Night Wu Guanzhong was a contemporary Chinese painter widely recognized as a founder of modern Chinese painting. He is considered to be one of the greatest contemporary Chinese painters. Wu had ...more

Zhao Xiaoding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from China
Zhao Xiaoding is a Chinese photographer and cinematographer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work in the film House of Flying Daggers.

Wucius Wong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from China
Waterfall Dream no. 2, Waterfall Dream no. 1, Nine Spaces No. 7

Chua Ek Kay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from China
Chua Ek Kay was a Singaporean artist hailed as the "bridge between Asian and Western art" with a unique painting style using Chinese ink on paper that demonstrated an ingenious blend ...more

Martin Wong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from China
Martin Wong was a U.S. painter of the late twentieth century.

Mi Fu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from China
Mi Fu was a Chinese painter, poet, and calligrapher born in Taiyuan during the Song Dynasty. In painting he gained renown for his style of painting misty landscapes. This style would be deemed ...more

Yan Pei-Ming is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from China
Yan Pei-Ming Yan Pei-Ming is a Chinese painter born in 1960 in Shanghai. Since 1982 he has lived in Dijon, France. His most famous paintings are "epic-sized" portraits of Mao Zedong worked out in ...more

Huang Yong Ping is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from China
Huang Yong Ping is a well-known French contemporary artist and one of the most famous Chinese Avant-garde artists. He was born Xiamen, China. He is recognized as the most controversial and ...more

Xu Beihong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from China
Loquat, Magpie, Longevity of Pine and Crane Xu Beihong was a Chinese painter born in Yixing, Jiangsu province. He was primarily known for his Chinese ink paintings of horses and birds and was one of the first Chinese artists to articulate ...more

Su Shi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from China
Han Shi Tie, Dongting Chunse Fu, Withered Tree and Queer Rock Su Shi, also known as Su Tungpo, was a Chinese writer, poet, painter, calligrapher, pharmacologist, gastronome, and a statesman of the Song dynasty. A major personality of the Song era, Su was ...more

Guo Xi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from China
Guo Xi Chinese landscape painter from Henan Province who lived during the Northern Song dynasty. One text entitled "The Lofty Message of Forest and Streams" is attributed to him. The ...more

Chang Dai-chien is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from China
Temple in the Mountains, Splashed Ink on Gold, Spring Clouds Chang Dai-chien or Zhang Daqian was one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century. Originally known as a guohua painter, by the 1960s he was also renowned as ...more

Zhang Huan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from China
Zhang Huan Insects No.2, Sunshine II, Paintings of Sage's Traces No.1 Zhang Huan is a Chinese artist based in Shanghai and New York. He began his career as a painter and then transitioned to performance art before making a comeback to painting. He is primarily a ...more

Song Dong is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from China
Song Dong Song Dong is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installations, performance, photography and video. He has been involved in many solo and group exhibitions around the world, ...more

Qiu Ying is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from China
Autumn to be crossing, Weeping willow chess, Akiyama and Streams Qiu Ying was a Chinese painter who specialized in the gongbi brush technique. Qiu Ying's courtesy name was Shifu, and his pseudonym was Shizhou. He was born to a peasant family in Taicang and ...more

Lin Fengmian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from China
Lin Fengmian Autumn in the Village, Lady in Blue, Two Egrets Lin Fengmian, originally Lin Fengming, was a Chinese painter and is considered a pioneer of modern Chinese painting for blending Chinese and Western styles. He was also an important innovator in ...more

Cao Fei is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Artists from China
Cao Fei (born 1978) is a Chinese artist.

Tian Yuan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Artists from China
Tian Yuan is a Chinese singer-songwriter, actress, novelist and photographer. Born in Wuhan, China, she majored in English at Beijing Language and Culture University, and graduated in 2007.

Yang Fudong is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Artists from China
Yang Fudong (born 1971) is a Chinese photographer, video artist, and filmmaker.

Qu Lei Lei is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Artists from China
Qu Lei Lei Hands - Time Generations, Lying figure III, Asha - A Girl of Yi Nationality form Sichuan Qu Leilei is a modern Chinese calligrapher, painter and author currently based in the UK. Qu grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution and spent some time forced to work as a lumberjack ...more

Li Keran is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Artists from China
Jinggang Mountains, Monk, Play with the Cattle Li Keran was a renowned contemporary Chinese painter. He was born on March 26, 1907 in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, as Li Yongshun.

Miao Xiaochun is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Artists from China
Miao Xiaochun Miao Xiaochun is an artist and photographer based in Beijing.

Fu Baoshi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Artists from China
Never Wanting to be a Busy Man, Water Pavilion in an Autumn Forest, Drinking Together on a Pine-Covered Cliff Fu Baoshi, or Fu Pao-Shih, was a Chinese painter from Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. He went to Japan to study the History of Oriental Art in the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1933. He translated many ...more

Gai Qi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Artists from China
Gai Qi was a poet and painter born in western China during the Qing dynasty. As an artist, he was active in Shanghai. In painting his works mainly concerned plants, beauty, and figures. However ...more

Wu Daozi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Artists from China
Bodhisattva, The Eighty-seven Immortals, Confucius Wu Daozi, later 道玄, was a Chinese artist of the Tang Dynasty. Michael Sullivan considers him one of "the masters of the seventh century," Some of his works survive; many, mostly ...more

Puru is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Artists from China
Puru, also known as Pu Xinyu with Xinyu as his courtesy name, was a traditional Chinese painter and calligrapher. He was a member of the Manchu Aisin Gioro clan, the ruling house of the Qing ...more

Shen Jiawei is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Artists from China
Shen Jiawei At the Turn of the Century, Red Star over China, Tolerance Shen Jiawei is a Chinese Australian painter. He is a winner of the 2006 Sir John Sulman Prize.

Zheng Xie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Artists from China
Zheng Xie, commonly known as Zheng Banqiao was a Chinese painter from Jiangsu. He began life in poverty, but rose in the exam system to become a magistrate at Shandong. However, after 12 years, ...more

Pan Yuliang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Artists from China
Pan Yuliang Mum and Woman's Body, Spring Song, Woman's Body Pan Yuliang, born Zhang Yuliang, was an award-winning Chinese painter, renowned as the first woman in the country to paint in the Western style. She had studied in Shanghai and Paris. Because ...more

Wu Zuoren is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Artists from China
Wu Zuoren was a Chinese painter. A native of Jing County, Anhui, he was born in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. He practiced both traditional Chinese ink painting and European oil painting.

Dong Yuan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Artists from China
Dong Yuan was a Chinese painter. He was born in Zhongling. Dong Yuan was active in the Southern Tang Kingdom of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. He was from Nanjing, which was a ...more