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List of the most popular artists from Japan, 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 South Korea and famous artists from Singapore. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Japanese 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 Japanese artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Examples include Nobuyoshi Araki and Kou Yaginuma.

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

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

Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Japan
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Yoko Ono, is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, and peace activist. She is the widow and second wife of John Lennon and is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music, and filmmaking. Ono grew up in Tokyo, and studied at Gakushuin University while her family moved to the US to escape the ...more

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Conceptual art

Nationality: Japan

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Hiroshi Sasagawa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Japan
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Hiroshi Sasagawa


Hiroshi Sasagawa is a creator of several anime and manga series. His name is romanized in some sources as Hiroshi Sasakawa. ...more

Birthplace: Aizuwakamatsu, Japan

Nationality: Japan

Osamu Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Japan
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Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese cartoonist, animator, film producer, and activist. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of the comics series Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and Black Jack. His prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him ...more

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Kansai region, Honshu, Toyonaka, + more

Nationality: Japan

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Namio Harukawa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Japan
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Namio Harukawa is a Japanese artist known for his realistic femdom erotica drawings. He created around one thousand unique drawings. Harukawa's artwork features voluptuous women with large breasts, wide hips, round buttocks and thick legs overpowering and humiliating smaller men. The women in ...more

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Nationality: Japan

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