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Famous Artists from Mexico

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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.

  • 1

    Diego Rivera

    Untitled (Miners panning for gold), study for the mural Allegory of...

    BirthplaceGuanajuato, Mexico

    Associated periods or movementsSocial realism


    Art FormsMural, 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]; December 8, 1886 – November 24,...  more

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    Leonora Carrington

    Le Bon Roi Dagobert, Temple of the word

    BirthplaceClayton-le-Woods, England

    Associated periods or movementsSurrealism

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Mexico

    Art FormsPainting

    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

    Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky

    BirthplaceCoyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico

    Associated periods or movementsSurrealism


    Art FormsPainting

    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, self-portraits, and...  more

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    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 photographer. He is best...  more
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    Gunther Gerzso (June 17, 1915 – April 21, 2000) was a Mexican painter, designer and director and screenwriter for film and theatre....  more
  • 6

    Rufino Tamayo

    The Lovers, The Window

    BirthplaceOaxaca, Mexico

    Associated periods or movementsModernism


    Art FormsPainting

    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 in Mexico...  more
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    Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 2 February 1959 in Mexico City as Hubertus Rudolph zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Spanish pronunciation: [uˈβeɾt̪us ruˈðolf su oẽnˈloe.lãŋxẽmˈbuɾɣ]) is a...  more
  • 8

    David Alfaro Siqueiros

    Penitenciaria (Penitentiary), The Sob

    BirthplaceChihuahua, Chihuahua Municipality, Mexico

    Associated periods or movementsSocial realism


    Art FormsMural, 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 known for his...  more
  • 9
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  • 10

    Elizabeth Catlett

    Students Aspire

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Associated periods or movementsHarlem Renaissance

    NationalityUnited States of America, Mexico

    Art FormsSculpture

    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, which...  more
  • 11
    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 during her...  more
  • 12

    Manuel Álvarez Bravo

    Los agachandos (The Crouched Ones), Mannequin with Voice

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    Art FormsPhotography

    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 born and raised...  more
  • 13

    Gabriel Orozco

    Home Run, Ping Pond Table

    BirthplaceXalapa, Mexico


    Art FormsSculpture, Photography, Concept art, Installation art, Video art

    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
  • 14

    Mathias Goeritz

    Message Number 7B, Ecclesiastes VII: 6

    BirthplaceGdańsk, Poland

    NationalityMexico, Germany

    Art FormsPainting

    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
  • 15
    Adolfo Best Maugard also known as Fito Best (June 11, 1891 – August 25, 1964) was a Mexican painter, film director and screenwriter. ...  more
  • 16
    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 the...  more
  • 17
    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 encompass...  more
  • 18

    Alfredo Ramos Martínez

    Mexican Soldiers

    BirthplaceMonterrey, Mexico

    Associated periods or movementsModernism, Impressionism


    Art FormsMural, 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 'Father of...  more
  • 19

    Jorge González Camarena

    Presencia de América Latina

    BirthplaceGuadalajara, 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, although his work...  more
  • 20

    Roberto Montenegro

    Maya Women, Still Life

    BirthplaceGuadalajara, Mexico


    Art FormsPainting

    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 muralism...  more
  • 21
    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 was...  more
  • 22

    Carlos Alvarado Lang

    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 (ENBA) in Mexico...  more
  • 23

    Juan Soriano

    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
  • 24

    Pablo O'Higgins

    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 there...  more
  • 25

    Luis Ortiz Monasterio

    Benito Juarez

    BirthplaceMexico City, 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 Nezahualcoyotl...  more