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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
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Ai Weiwei is a film producer and film director. ...more

Birthplace: Beijing, China

Nationality: China

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Muqi Fachang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from China
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Muqi Fachang

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 was a hao or pseudonym, and Fachang a monastic name. Muqi was perhaps from the city of Kaifeng in Henan Province or possibly Sichuan. A painting bears the inscription "monk from Shu." He originally studied at the Wannian Monastery on Mount Wutai. Muqi was doubtless drawn to the beauty of West Lake in Hangzhou and refounded the abandoned monastery Liutong Temple there in 1215. He is said to have been the disciple of his abbot Wuzhun Shifan and the painter Liang Kai. His works are considered among the ...more

Nationality: China

Zao Wou Ki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from China
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Zao Wou Ki

Zao Wou-Ki was a Chinese-French painter. He was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. ...more

Birthplace: Beijing, China

Nationality: China, France

Yue Minjun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from China
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Yue Minjun

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 signature image in sculpture, watercolour and prints. While Yue is often classified as part of the Chinese "Cynical Realist" movement in art developed in China since 1989, Yue himself rejects this label, while at the same time "doesn't concern himself about what people call him." ...more

Birthplace: Daqing, China

Nationality: China