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List of famous female performance artists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female performance artists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being performance artists. There are thousand of females working as performance artists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic performance artists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a performance artist then the people below should give you inspiration.

These people, like Jyl Lynn Felman and Chavisa Woods include images when available.

While this isn't a list of all female performance artists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female performance artists?" and "Who are the best female performance artists?"
Peaches is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Performance Artists
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Merrill Beth Nisker, better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist who lives in Berlin, Germany. Her songs are noted for disregarding traditional gender norms, and for their use of sexually explicit lyrics. She plays her own instruments for her songs, programs her own electronic beats, and produces her own albums. Her songs have been featured in movies such as Mean Girls, Waiting..., Jackass Number Two, My Little Eye, Drive Angry, and Lost in Translation. Her music has also been featured on television shows such as Lost Girl, The L Word, Ugly Betty, South Park, 30 Rock, True Blood and has been used for the promotion of Dirt. Peaches ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 49

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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Miranda July is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Performance Artists
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Miranda Jennifer July is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, author and artist. Her body of work includes film, fiction, monologue, digital media presentations, and live performance art. She wrote, directed and starred in the films Me and You and Everyone We Know and The Future. Her most recent book, a debut novel The First Bad Man, was published in January 2015. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 44

Birthplace: Vermont, USA, Barre

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Planningtorock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Performance Artists
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Jam Rostron, better known by her stage name Planningtorock, is an English electronic musician and record producer who lives in Berlin, Germany. ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Bolton, United Kingdom

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Marina Abramović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Performance Artists
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Marina Abramović is a Serbian and former Yugoslav artist based in New York, a performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Active for over three decades, she has been described as the "grandmother of performance art." She pioneered a new notion of identity by bringing in the participation of her observers. Her art focuses on the theme of “confronting pain, blood, and physical limits of the body,” while relying on the extent of these discomforts based on the actions of her audience members. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 71

Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

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