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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Takashi Murakami and Will Cotton.

While this isn't a list of all male contemporary artists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male contemporary artists?" and "Who are the best male contemporary artists?"
Shepard Fairey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Contemporary Artists
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Shepard Fairey

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 scene. He first became known for his "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" (...OBEY...) sticker campaign while attending the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).He became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston has described him as one of the best known and most influential street artists. His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 49

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

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Ai Weiwei is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Contemporary Artists
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Ai Weiwei is a film producer and film director. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 61

Birthplace: China, Beijing, Eurasia

Takashi Murakami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Contemporary Artists
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Takashi Murakami (村上 隆, Murakami Takashi, born February 1, 1962) is a Japanese contemporary artist. He works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He coined the term "superflat", which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society, and is also used for Murakami's artistic style and other Japanese artists he has influenced.Murakami is the founder and President of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., through which he manages several younger artists. He was the founder and ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 57

Birthplace: Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan

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Damien Hirst is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Contemporary Artists
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Damien Steven Hirst (; born 7 June 1965) is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector. He is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs), who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. He is reportedly the United Kingdom's richest living artist, with his wealth valued at £215m in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List. During the 1990s his career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended.Death is a central theme in Hirst's works. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. The ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 53

Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom