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Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked

Updated June 14, 2019 6.9k votes 1.1k voters 88.4k views88 items

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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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    Neo Rauch

    Neo Rauch (born 18 April 1960, in Leipzig, East Germany; German: [ˈneːo ˈʀaʊx]) 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 with surrealism. He studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, and he lives in Markkleeberg near Leipzig, Germany and works as the principal artist of the New Leipzig School. The artist is represented by Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and David Zwirner, New York. Rauch's paintings suggest a narrative... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Übergang
    • Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Odd Nerdrum

    Odd Nerdrum (born 8 April 1944) is a Swedish-born, Norwegian figurative painter whose work is held by museums worldwide. 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 Norway. Nerdrum creates six to eight paintings a year. They include still life paintings of small, everyday objects (like bricks), portraits and self-portraits, and large paintings allegorical and apocalyptic in nature. The figures in Nerdrum's paintings are often dressed as if from another time and place.Nerdrum was born in... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: Drifting, One Story Singer, Baby, Chosen, Bork in Paris
    • Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Norway
    • Art Forms: Painting
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  • Anselm Kiefer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Contemporary Artists, Ranked
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    Anselm Kiefer (born 8 March 1945) is a German painter and sculptor. He studied with Joseph Beuys and Peter Dreher during the 1970s. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac. The poems of Paul Celan have played a role in developing Kiefer's themes of German history and the horror of the Holocaust, as have the spiritual concepts of Kabbalah. In his entire body of work, Kiefer argues with the past and addresses taboo and controversial issues from recent history. Themes from Nazi rule are particularly reflected in his work; for instance, the painting "Margarethe" (oil and straw on canvas) was inspired by Paul Celan's well-known poem "Todesfuge" ("Death... more on Wikipedia
    • Artworks: La Berceuse (for Van Gogh), The Paths of the Wisdom of the World: Hermann's Battle, Ways of Worldly Wisdom: Arminius's Battle, Osiris und Isis (Osiris and Isis), Die Frauen der Revolution (Women of the Revolution)
    • Birthplace: Donaueschingen, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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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
    • Birthplace: China, Beijing, Eurasia
    • Nationality: China
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Installation art, Ceramic art
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