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Famous Female Visual Artists

Updated June 14, 2019 7.5k views37 items

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

The list you're viewing is made up of people like Violeta Parra and Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir.

While this isn't a list of all female visual artists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female visual artists?" and "Who are the best female visual artists?"
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    Buffy Sainte-Marie

    Buffy Sainte-Marie
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    Buffy Sainte-Marie, OC (born Beverly Sainte-Marie, c. February 20, 1941) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. Throughout her career in all of these areas, her work has focused on issues of indigenous peoples of the Americas. Her singing and writing repertoire also includes subjects of love, war, religion, and mysticism. In 1997, she founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans. She has won recognition and many awards and honours for both her music and her work in education and social activism. She won the Academy Award for Best Original... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: Piapot, Piapot No. 110, Canada


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  • Barbara Chase-Riboud
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    Barbara Chase-Riboud (born June 26, 1939) is an American visual artist and sculptor, bestselling novelist, and award-winning poet. Chase-Riboud gained recognition as an author after the release of her book, Sally Hemings (1979), which earned the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in Fiction, and became an international success. It generated conversation around the book's topic of the relationship between Sally Hemings, a slave, and her master, Thomas Jefferson, who became president of the United States.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Cynthia Ona Innis
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    Cynthia Ona Innis (born 1969) is an American painter, sculptor and visual artist raised in San Diego and based out of Oakland. Her work has been described as "paintings one doesn't look at so much as immerse oneself in", as well as "sensual", "organic" and "science fiction-y" where "a futuristic heaven-meets-hell". Innis graduated with a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her post-graduate M.F.A. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has received the San Francisco Arts Commission Honorarium, the James D. Phelan Award in printmaking, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and Residency award, and the James D. Phelan Award in painting, among other awards... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California
  • Marta Magdalena Abakanowicz-Kosmowska (20 June 1930 – 20 April 2017) was a Polish sculptor and fiber artist. She is notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. She is widely regarded as one of Poland's most internationally acclaimed artists. She was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland from 1965 to 1990 and a visiting professor at University of California, Los Angeles in 1984.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: Falentyn, Poland