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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.

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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?"
Buffy Sainte-Marie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Visual Artists
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Buffy Sainte-Marie, OC is a Canadian-American Cree 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. 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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 77

Birthplace: Piapot, Piapot No. 110, Canada

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Barbara Chase-Riboud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Visual Artists
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Barbara Chase-Riboud, is an internationally acclaimed visual artist, bestselling novelist and award-winning poet. Established as a sculptor, Chase-Riboud attained international recognition with the publication of her first novel, Sally Hemings. The novel has been described as the "first full blown imagining" of Hemings and her life as a slave, including her rumored relationship with President Thomas Jefferson. In addition to stimulating considerable controversy, as mainline historians continued to deny this relationship, the book earned Chase-Riboud the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best novel written by an American woman. It sold more than one million copies in hardcover and it was a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 78

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Cynthia Ona Innis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Visual Artists
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Cynthia Ona Innis 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 and ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 49

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

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Magdalena Abakanowicz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Visual Artists
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Magdalena Abakanowicz is a Polish sculptor and fiber artist. She is notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. 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. Abakanowicz currently lives and works in Warsaw. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 87

Birthplace: Falentyn

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