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List of famous Contemporary art artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Contemporary art movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Contemporary art period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Contemporary art artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

A list made up of artists like Yoko Ono and Brian Eno.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Contemporary art artists?" and "Who are the best Contemporary art artists?"

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use regularly. (88 items)
Odd Nerdrum is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Odd Nerdrum


Odd Nerdrum, is a Norwegian figurative painter. Themes and style in Nerdrum's work reference anecdote and narrative. Primary influences by the painters Rembrandt and Caravaggio help place his work in direct conflict with the abstraction and conceptual art considered acceptable in much of his native ...more

Artworks: Drifting, One Story Singer, Baby, Chosen, Bork in Paris, + more

Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Norway

Art Forms: Painting

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Neo Rauch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Neo Rauch


Neo Rauch is a German artist whose paintings mine the intersection of his personal history with the politics of industrial alienation. His work reflects the influence of socialist realism, and owes a debt to Surrealists Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte, although Rauch hesitates to align himself ...more

Artworks: Übergang

Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Germany

Art Forms: Painting

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Andy Goldsworthy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Andy Goldsworthy


Andy Goldsworthy, OBE is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland. ...more

Artworks: Roof, Faultline, Ice left by the tide/Stacked and frozen/Worked quickly before the tide, Wet feathers/Wrapped around a stone/Before the incoming tide^! Carrick

Birthplace: England, Cheshire

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Land art

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Art Forms: Sculpture

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H. R. Giger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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H. R. Giger


Hans Rudolf "Ruedi" Giger was a Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for their design work on the film Alien. He was named to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013. ...more

Artworks: Penis Landscape

Birthplace: Chur, Switzerland

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Switzerland

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

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