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Famous Illustrators from the United States

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List of notable or famous illustrators from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top illustrators born in the United States and even some popular illustrators who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American illustrators then this list is the perfect resource for you. These illustrators are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known illustrator from the United States is included when available.

Examples of people on this list: Andy Warhol, Dav Pilkey and more.

This historic illustrators from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American illustrators of note?" and "Who are the most famous illustrators from the United States?" These prominent illustrators of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American illustrators.

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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dec. at 59 (1928-1987)
Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more
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Shepard Fairey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Shepard Fairey age 49
Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator, and founder of OBEY Clothing who emerged from the skateboarding ...more
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Bill Mauldin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
William Henry "Bill" Mauldin (; October 29, 1921 – January 22, 2003) was an American editorial cartoonist who won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He was most famous for his World War ...more
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Maurice Sendak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1928-2012)
Maurice Bernard Sendak (; June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published ...more
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Edward Gorey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1925-2000)
Edward St. John Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000) was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely ...more
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Dav Pilkey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 52
David Murray "Dav" Pilkey Jr. (; born March 4, 1966) is an American cartoonist, author and illustrator of children's literature. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of ...more
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Jean Marzollo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 77
Jean Marzollo is a children's author and illustrator. Born in 1942, she has written over 100 books, including the best-selling, award-winning I SPY series for children, written completely in ...more
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Sam Kieth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 56
Sam Kieth (born January 11, 1963) is an American comics artist and writer, best known as the creator of The Maxx and Zero Girl.
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Richard Scarry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1919-1994)
Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919 – April 30, 1994) was an American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million worldwide.
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Marc Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 73
Marc Tolon Brown (born November 25, 1946) is an American author and illustrator of children's books. Brown writes as well as illustrates the Arthur book series and is best known for creating ...more
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Berkeley Breathed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 61
Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed (; born June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children's book creator, director and screenwriter, best known for his comic strips Bloom County, ...more
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David M. Carroll is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 77
David M. Carroll (born 5 January 1942) is an American naturalist, author and illustrator. He has investigated for the endangered species programs of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, the ...more
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Andy Luckey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 53
Andrew A. "Andy" Luckey (born October 7, 1965 in San Francisco, California) is an American writer, director and producer, primarily of animated works. He also writes and illustrates ...more
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Paul Coker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 90
Paul Coker is an American illustrator. He has worked in many media, including Mad, character design for Rankin-Bass TV specials such as Frosty the Snowman, and advertising. Coker's first ...more
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Gary Baseman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 58
Gary Baseman (born September 27, 1960) is an American contemporary artist who works in various creative fields, including illustration, fine art, toy design, and animation. He is the creator of ...more
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Bill Peet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1915-2002)
William Bartlett "Bill" Peet (né Peed; January 29, 1915 – May 11, 2002) was an American children's book illustrator and a story writer and animator for Walt Disney Animation ...more
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Gary Panter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 68
For the sheriff of Midland County, Texas, see Gary Painter.Gary Panter (born December 1, 1950) is a cartoonist, illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician. Panter's work is ...more
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Ed Emshwiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)
Edmund Alexander "Ed" Emshwiller (February 16, 1925 – July 27, 1990) was an American visual artist notable for his science fiction illustrations and his pioneering experimental films. ...more
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Tomie dePaola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 84
Thomas Anthony "Tomie" dePaola (born September 15, 1934) is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 260 children's books such as Strega Nona. He received the ...more
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Mo Willems is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 51
Mo Willems (born February 11, 1968) is an American writer, animator, voice actor, and creator of children's books.
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Glen Keane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 64
Glen Keane is an American animator, author and illustrator. Keane was a character animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios for feature films including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, ...more
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Chris Van Allsburg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 69
Chris Van Allsburg (born June 18, 1949) is an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He has won two Caldecott Medals for U.S. picture book illustration, for Jumanji (1981) and The ...more
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Eric Carle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
age 89
Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is an American designer, illustrator, and writer of children's books. He is most noted for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a picture book that has been translated ...more
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Don Freeman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dec. at 70 (1908-1978)
Don Freeman (August 11, 1908 – January 1, 1978) was an American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, and an illustrator and writer of children's books. He was active from the 1930s to the 1970s and ...more
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Arnold Lobel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Illustrators from the United States
Dec. at 54 (1933-1987)
Arnold Stark Lobel (May 22, 1933 – December 4, 1987) was an American author of children's books, including the Frog and Toad series and Mouse Soup. He both wrote and illustrated those picture ...more