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List of the most popular artists from Spain, 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 might also be interested in famous dada artists and famous gothic artists. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Spanish 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 Spanish artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List is made up of a variety of artists, including Pablo Picasso and Antoni Tàpies.

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

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

Pablo Picasso is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Spain
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Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, and Guernica, a portrayal of the Bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces at the behest of the Spanish nationalist government during the Spanish Civil ...more

Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Art Forms: Sculpture, Ceramic art, Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

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Salvador Dalí is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Spain
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Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol, known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media. Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of ...more

Birthplace: Figueres, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Painting, Drawing

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Joan Miró is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Spain
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Joan Miró i Ferrà was a Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, was established in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and famously declared an "assassination of ...more

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Art Forms: Sculpture, Mural, Ceramic art, Painting

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Francisco López is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Spain
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Francisco López


Francisco López is an avant-garde experimental musician and sound artist. He has released a large amount of sound pieces with record labels from more than fifty countries and realized hundreds of concerts and sound installations worldwide; including some of the main international museums, galleries and festivals, such as: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, London Institute of Contemporary Arts, Paris Museum of Modern Art, National Auditorium of Music, Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sónar, Darwin Fringe festival, Kitakyūshū city art museum. He made a double sonic intervention created ...more

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain