Famous Artists from Denmark

List of the most popular artists from Denmark, 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 Danish 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 Danish artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List features William Heinesen, Per Kirkeby and more.

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

For further information on these historic Danish artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Danish artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
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  • Ólafur Elíasson
    The Weather Project, The aerial river series, Multiple grotto
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Iceland, Denmark
    • Art Forms: Installation art
    Olafur Eliasson (Icelandic: Ólafur Elíasson; born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air ...more
  • Johann Georg Ziesenis

    Johann Georg Ziesenis

    Johann Georg Ziesenis was a German - Danish portrait painter. After drawing lessons from his father, Ziesenis lived in Düsseldorf, where he painted several portraits of the royal family. In 1760 he ...more
  • Viggo Mortensen
    Chatter box Eyes, Gulf Stream, Elendil
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America, Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
    Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. (; Danish: [viːko ˈmɒːtn̩sn̩]; born October 20, 1958) is a Danish-American actor, author, musician, photographer, poet, and painter. Born in New York to a Danish father and ...more
  • Camille Pissarro
    The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon, The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon, The Hermitage at Pontoise
    • Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
    • Associated periods or movements: Post-Impressionism, Impressionism, Neo-impressionism
    • Nationality: France, Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
    Camille Pissarro ( piss-AR-oh, French: [kamij pisaʁo]; 10 July 1830 – 13 November 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas (now in the US ...more
  • Per Kirkeby
    Flight to Egypt, Wald-Variation VI, Sitting model
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
    Per Kirkeby (1 September 1938 – 9 May 2018) was a Danish painter, poet, film maker and sculptor.
  • Asger Jorn
    Stalingrad, Schweizer Suite, Die Zwei Elemente
    • Birthplace: Jutland, Denmark
    • Nationality: Denmark
    • Art Forms: Painting
    Asger Oluf Jorn (3 March 1914 – 1 May 1973) was a Danish painter, sculptor, ceramic artist, and author. He was a founding member of the avant-garde movement COBRA and the Situationist International. ...more