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

Everything from Vincent van Gogh to Philippe Berry is included on this list. Featuring the most popular artists, this list has it all. 

While this isn't a list of all male painters, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male painters?" and "Who are the best male painters?"
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Painters
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Painters
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Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is a Danish American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many notable films of the 1990s, including The Indian Runner, Carlito's Way, Crimson Tide, Daylight, The Portrait of a Lady, G.I. Jane, A Walk on the Moon and 28 Days. Mortensen grew in prominence in the early 2000s with his role as Aragorn in the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 59

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Painters
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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)

Birthplace: Vinci, Italy

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Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Painters
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Vincent Willem van Gogh was a major Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. Van Gogh drew as a child but did not paint until his late twenties; he completed many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just over a decade he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints. Van Gogh was born to upper middle class parents and spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers. He traveled between ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 37 (1853-1890)

Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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