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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