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Famous Artists from India

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Raise your brushes for a list of the most popular artists from India, listed alphabetically with photos when available. You might also be interested in famous artists from Japan and famous artists from Spain. For centuries, artists have been among the world's most important people, chronicling history and entertaining millions with works that stimulate intellects and emotions. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching, or drawing, the famous Indian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive, creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world and made marks in a variety of different media. Below, you can find useful information about these notable Indian artists.

Artists on this list include "The Father of Modern Indian Sculpture" Ramkinkar Baij and Indian painters like Satish Gujral and F.N. Souza.

This list answers the burning artistic questions, "Which famous artists are from India?" and "Who are the most well-known Indian artists?"

For more details on these modern and historic Indian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover, use this list of celebrated Indian artists to discover some new paintings, sculptures, drawings and other works that you'll enjoy.

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Rajneesh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from India
Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh from the 1960s onwards, as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh during the 1970s and 1980s, and as Osho from 1989, was an Indian mystic, guru and spiritual ...more
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Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from India
Dancing Girl
Rabindranath Tagore, also written Rabīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in ...more
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Boman Irani is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from India
Boman Irani is an Indian film and theatre actor, voice artist and photographer. He is widely known for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood movies such as Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots ...more
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Idries Shah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from India
Idries Shah, also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi and by the pen name Arkon Daraul, was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote over three dozen books on ...more
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M. F. Husain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from India
Autobiography, Mother India, Between the Spider & the Lamp
Maqbool Fida Husain commonly known as MF Husain, was an Indian painter and Film Director. In 1967, He has received the National Film Award for Best Experimental Film for Through The Eyes of a ...more
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Sooni Taraporevala is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from India
Sooni Taraporevala is an Indian screenwriter and photographer who is best known as the screenwriter of Mississippi Masala, The Namesake and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay, all directed by Mira ...more
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L. Shankar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from India
Lakshminarayana Shankar, also known as L. Shankar and Shenkar, is an Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer. He has worked extensively in both traditional music from India, and in ...more
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Dilip Chitre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from India
Dilip Purushottam Chitre was one of the foremost Indian writers and critics to emerge in the post Independence India. Apart from being a very important bilingual writer, writing in Marathi and ...more
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Rupesh Patric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from India
Rupesh Patric
Rupesh Xavier Patric is a self-trained artist. His medium is the charcoal sketch. He lives in Bangalore, India.
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Jitish Kallat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from India
Analgesic Studies 01, Carbon Milk 9, Bon Voyage (flesh
Jitish Kallat is a contemporary Indian artist. He currently lives and works in Mumbai, India.
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Aziz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from India
Aziz
Aziz is an Indian artist and painter from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He has pioneered the use of plaster of paris on canvas along with oil paints for a three-dimensional effect. His colour ...more
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Cheenu Pillai is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from India
Cheenu Pillai
Cheenu Pillai is a self-taught artists from chennai, India who blends European expressionism with dravidian themes.
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Yamini Reddy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from India
Yamini Reddy
Yamini Reddy is Indian classical dancer, a kuchipudi exponent.
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Dabboo Ratnani is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from India
Dabboo Ratnani
Dabboo Ratnani is a leading Indian fashion photographer, known for his annual calendar which has become a highly notable showbiz event in India since its first publication in 1999. He is the ...more
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Adyar K. Lakshman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from India
Adyar K. Lakshman was a noted Indian Bharatnatyam dancer, choreographer and guru.
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Thakur Dalip Singh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from India
Thakur Dalip Singh
Thakur Dalip Singh is a renowned and internationally recognised Indian photographer. He is originally specialized in natural and wildlife photography but later turned to aerial photography of ...more
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Byomakesh Mohanty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from India
Byomakesh Mohanty
Byomakesh Mohanty was an Indian artist and academic. After completing his science studies and graduating from Utkal University, he joined the faculty of visual arts at Banaras Hindu University.
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Reema Bansal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from India
Reema Bansal is an Indian painter. Bansal took up painting at the age of three when she was encouraged by her family and enthused by her teachers. She persisted with the brush despite her ...more
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Ratnadeep Adivrekar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from India
Ratnadeep Adivrekar
Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrerkar is a contemporary artist from India. He has had several important solo exhibitions including one at NUS Museum, Singapore, Galerie Sylvia Bernhardt, Germany and ...more
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Shantanu Raj is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from India
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Pranava Prakash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from India
Pranava Prakash
Pranava Prakash is an Indian artist working in neopop style. He is known for helping to create the "tuchchart" style with a group of Delhi artists, which he debuted in a 2007 show in ...more
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Lala Deen Dayal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from India
Lala Deen Dayal
Lala Deen Dayal was an Indian photographer. His career began in the mid-1870s as a commissioned photographer; eventually he set up studios in Indore, Mumbai and Hyderbad. He became the court ...more
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Benode Behari Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from India
Benode Behari Mukherjee
Binod Behari Mukherjee was an Indian artist from West Bengal state. Mukherjee was one of the pioneers of Indian modern art and a key figure of Contextual Modernism. He was one of the earliest ...more
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Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from India
Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh CITY: Memory, Dreams, Desire
Gulam Mohammed Sheikh is an internationally renowned painter, writer and art critic. He was awarded the prestigious Padmashri award in 1983 and Padmabhushan in 2014 for his contribution to art. ...more
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S. H. Raza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from India
S. H. Raza Les Champs, Surya Namaskar, Dhristi
Syed Haider Raza Alias S.H. Raza is an Indian artist who has lived and worked in France since 1950, but maintains strong ties with India. His works are mainly abstracts in oil or acrylic, with a ...more