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List of the most popular artists from Mexico, 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. You should also check out famous Frida Kahlo paintings and best pictures of food art. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Mexican 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 Mexican artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list has a variety of artists, like Diego Rivera and Leonora Carrington, in it.

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

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

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Diego Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Untitled (Miners panning for gold), study for the mural Allegory of..., Untitled (Luther Burbank)

Birthplace: Guanajuato, Mexico

Associated periods or movements: Social realism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Mural, Painting

Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, known as Diego Rivera (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo riˈβeɾa]; ...more

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Leonora Carrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Leonora Carrington Le Bon Roi Dagobert, Temple of the word, Horses of Lord Candlestick

Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, England

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: United Kingdom, Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

Leonora Carrington OBE (6 April 1917 – 25 May 2011) was a British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. She lived most of her adult life in Mexico City and was one of the last ...more
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Frida Kahlo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair

Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

Frida Kahlo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾiða ˈkalo]; born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, ...more

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Juan Rulfo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico

Birthplace: Sayula, Jalisco, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Photography

Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez Rulfo Vizcaíno, best known as Juan Rulfo (Spanish: [ˈxwan ˈrulfo] audio ; 16 May 1917 – 7 January 1986), was a Mexican writer, screenwriter and ...more
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Gunther Gerzso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

Gunther Gerzso (June 17, 1915 – April 21, 2000) was a Mexican painter, designer and director and screenwriter for film and theatre.
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Rufino Tamayo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
The Lovers, The Window, Hombre con flor

Birthplace: Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Associated periods or movements: Modernism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

Rufino del Carmen Arellanes Tamayo (August 25, 1899 – June 24, 1991) was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century ...more
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Hubertus of Hohenlohe-La... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Austria, Mexico

Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 2 February 1959 in Mexico City as Hubertus Rudolph zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Spanish pronunciation: [uˈβeɾt̪us ruˈðolf su ...more
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David Alfaro Siqueiros ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Penitenciaria (Penitentiary), The Sob, Echo of a Scream

Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico

Associated periods or movements: Social realism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Mural, Painting

David Alfaro Siqueiros (born José de Jesús Alfaro Siqueiros, December 29, 1896, in Chihuahua – January 6, 1974, in Cuernavaca, Morelos) was a Mexican social realist painter, better ...more
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Kat Von D is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico

Birthplace: Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

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Elizabeth Catlett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Students Aspire

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Associated periods or movements: Harlem Renaissance

Nationality: United States of America, Mexico

Art Forms: Sculpture

Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915 – April 2, 2012) was an American and Mexican graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, ...more
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Carmelita Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Carmelita González (July 11, 1928 – April 30, 2010) was a Mexican lead actress known for her film roles during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She appeared in nearly 100 Mexican films ...more
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Manuel Álvarez Br... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Los agachandos (The Crouched Ones), Mannequin with Voice, The Daydream

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Photography

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (February 4, 1902 – October 19, 2002) was a Mexican artistic photographer and one of the most important figures in 20th century Latin American photography. He was ...more
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Gabriel Orozco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Home Run, Ping Pond Table, Horseshit

Birthplace: Xalapa, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Concept art, Installation art, Video art, + more

Gabriel Orozco (born April 20, 1962) is a Mexican artist. He gained his reputation in the early 1990s with his exploration of drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. In 1998, Francesco ...more
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Mathias Goeritz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Message Number 7B, Ecclesiastes VII: 6

Birthplace: Gdańsk, Poland

Nationality: Mexico, Germany

Art Forms: Painting

Mathias Goeritz - August 4, 1990 in Mexico City was a well-known Mexican painter and sculptor of German origin. After spending much of the 1940s in North Africa and Spain, Goeritz and his wife, ...more
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Adolfo Best Maugard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico

Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

Adolfo Best Maugard also known as Fito Best (June 11, 1891 – August 25, 1964) was a Mexican painter, film director and screenwriter.
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Bridget Bate Tichenor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico

Birthplace: Paris, France

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate) (November 22, 1917 – October 20, 1990), also known as Bridget Tichenor or B.B.T., was a Mexican surrealist painter of fantastic art in ...more
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Carlos Amorales is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

Carlos Amorales (Mexico City, 1970) is a multidisciplinary artist who studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. The most extensive researches in his work ...more
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Alfredo Ramos Mart&iacut... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Alfredo Ramos Martínez Mexican Soldiers

Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico

Associated periods or movements: Modernism, Impressionism

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Mural, Fresco, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

Alfredo Ramos Martínez (November 12, 1871 – November 8, 1946) was a painter, muralist, and educator, who lived and worked in Mexico, Paris, and Los Angeles. Considered by many to be the ...more
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Jorge González Ca... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Presencia de América Latina

Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Jorge González Camarena (24 March 1908 – 24 May 1980) was a prominent painter, muralist and sculptor. He is best known for his mural work, as part of the Mexican muralism movement, ...more
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Roberto Montenegro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Roberto Montenegro Maya Women, Still Life

Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

Roberto Montenegro Nervo (February 19, 1885 in Guadalajara – October 13, 1968 in Mexico City) was a painter, muralist and illustrator, who was one of the first to be involved in the Mexican ...more
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Federico Cantú Ga... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico

Birthplace: Cadereyta Jiménez, Nuevo León, Mexico

Associated periods or movements: School of Paris

Nationality: Mexico

Federico Heraclio Cantú Garza (March 3, 1907 – January 29, 1989) was a Mexican painter, engraver and sculptor. While considered to be a member of the Mexican muralism movement, his style ...more
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Carlos Alvarado Lang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Carlos Alvarado Lang

Birthplace: La Piedad, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Carlos Alvarado Lang (January 14, 1905 – September 3, 1961) was a Mexican printmaker. Alvarado Lang studied printmaking under Emiliano Valadéz at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes ...more
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Juan Soriano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Juan Soriano

Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

Juan Soriano (August 18, 1920 – February 10, 2006) was a Mexican artist known for his paintings, sculptures and theater work. He was a child prodigy whose career began early as did his fame with ...more
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Pablo O'Higgins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Pablo O'Higgins

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah

Nationality: Mexico

Art Forms: Painting

Pablo Esteban O'Higgins (born Paul Higgins Stevenson; March 1, 1904 - July 16, 1983) was an American-Mexican artist, muralist and illustrator. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, O'Higgins was raised ...more
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Luis Ortiz Monasterio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Mexico
Luis Ortiz Monasterio Benito Juarez

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Luis Ortiz Monasterio (August 23, 1906 in Mexico City – February 16, 1990 in Mexico City) was a Mexican sculptor noted for his monumental works such as the Monumento a la Madre and the ...more