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Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked 

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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?"

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Chuck Close is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (born July 5, 1940) is an American painter, artist and photographer. He makes massive-scale photorealist portraits. Close often paints abstract portraits of himself and others, which hang in collections internationally. Close also creates photo portraits using a very large format camera. Even though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint. ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Self Portraits / Scribble / Etching Portfolio, Self Portraits / Scribble / Etching Portfolio, Self Portraits / Scribble / Etching Portfolio, Self Portraits / Scribble / Etching Portfolio, Self Portraits / Scribble / Etching Portfolio, + more

Birthplace: Monroe, Washington, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Ai Weiwei is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Ai Weiwei is a film producer and film director. ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, Coca-Cola vase, Sunflower Seeds, Remembering, Template, + more

Birthplace: China, Beijing, Eurasia

Nationality: China

Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Installation art, Ceramic art

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Louise Bourgeois is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (French: [lwiz buʁʒwa] (listen); 25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was a French-American artist. Although she is best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art, Bourgeois was also a prolific painter and printmaker. She explored a variety of themes over the course of her long career including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the subconscious. These themes connect to events from her childhood which she considered to be a therapeutic process. Although Bourgeois exhibited with the Abstract Expressionists and her work has much in common with Surrealism and Feminist art, she was not formally affiliated with a ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Maman, Mamelles, Janus Fleuri, Quarantania, III, + more

Birthplace: France, Paris

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: France, United States of America

Art Forms: Sculpture, Installation art, Painting

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H. R. Giger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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Hans Ruedi Giger ( GHEE-gər; German: [ˈɡiːɡər]; 5 February 1940 – 12 May 2014) was a Swiss painter, best known for airbrush images of humans and machines linked together in a cold biomechanical relationship. Later he abandoned airbrush work for pastels, markers, and ink. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for design work on the film Alien. In Switzerland there are two themed bars that reflect his interior designs, and his work is on permanent display at the H.R. Giger Museum at Gruyères. His style has been adapted to many forms of media, including record album covers, furniture, and tattoos. ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Penis Landscape

Birthplace: Switzerland, Chur, European Free Trade Association, Plessur District, Canton of Graubünden

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art

Nationality: Switzerland

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

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