Famous Female Painters

This list of famous female painters is ranked by their level of prominence, with photos when available. This greatest female painters list contains the most prominent women artists known for being painters, though they may have dabbled in other mediums as well. Art buffs might also be interested in famous female paintings and celebrities who are secretly artist. There are thousands of female artists working as painters in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Famous female artists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a girl aspiring to be a painter then the women painters below should give you inspiration.

No famous women artists list would be complete without the likes of Joan Mitchell or Frida Kahlo A talented woman artists is able to capture the female experience in her work, brining a unique perspective, whether in historical art, or the modern work of contemporary female painters. You will recognize many of these names of popular female artists

While this isn't a list of all female painters, it does feature over 150 famous women painters. Who are the most famous female painters? Who are the best female painters? Take a look below to find out and learn about their notable pieces and works.


  • Frida Kahlo
    Photo: Guillermo Kahlo / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
    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 works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.Born to a ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1907-1954)
    • Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Painter
  • Berthe Morisot
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    Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (French: [mɔʁizo]; January 14, 1841 – March 2, 1895) was a painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists. She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt.In 1864, Morisot exhibited for the first time in the highly esteemed Salon de Paris. Sponsored by the government and judged by Academicians, the Salon was the official, annual exhibition of the Académie des beaux-arts in Paris. Her work was selected for exhibition in six subsequent Salons until, in 1874, she joined the "rejected" Impressionists in the first of their own ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 54 (1841-1895)
    • Birthplace: Bourges, France
  • Louise Bourgeois
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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
    • Age: Dec. at 98 (1911-2010)
    • Birthplace: France, Paris
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Artist
    • Credits: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine, Louise Bourgeois, Art City #1: Making It In Manhattan
  • Kristína Farkašová
    Photo: Kristina Farkasova / Instagram

    Kristína Farkašová

    Kristína Farkašová is a Slovak actress, singer, dramaturge, presenter, stand-up comedienne, editor, blogger and naïve art painter. She studied dramaturgy at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and at Faculty of Theater in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2004, she is a regular member of the Naive Theater Radošina in Bratislava, while made guest appearances for The Drama Club in Prague. For her role of Klára in Pouta, she received a Czech Lion-nomination as the Best Actress in Leading Role in 2011. From 2008, she hosts a television program called Postav dom, zasaď strom, and most currently also the music show Pop Legends, both produced by RSTV.
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Profession: Editor, Painter, Dramaturge, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Walking Too Fast
  • Gwendolyn Knight
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    Gwendolyn Knight

    Gwendolyn Clarine Knight (May 26, 1913 – February 18, 2005) was an American artist who was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, in the West Indies.Knight painted throughout her life but did not start seriously exhibiting her work until the 1970s. Her first retrospective was put on when she was nearly 90 years old, "Never Late for Heaven: The Art of Gwen Knight," at the Tacoma Art Museum in 2003. Her teachers in the arts included the sculptor Augusta Savage (who obtained support for her from the Works Progress Administration) and Jacob Lawrence, whom she married in 1941 and remained married to until his death in 2000. During the course of her career, she received many awards, including the National ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 91 (1913-2005)
    • Birthplace: Bridgetown, Barbados
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter
  • Anne Hardy
    Photo: Anne Hardy / Instagram
    Anne Hardy is a British artist. Her art practice spans photography, sculptural installation and audio. She completed an MA in photography at the Royal College of Art in 2000, having graduated from Cheltenham School of Art in 1993 with a degree in painting. Hardy lives and works in London.
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Painter, Artist, Photographer