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List of famous Minimalism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Minimalism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Minimalism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Minimalism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

These artists, like Frank Stella and Ronnie Landfield include images when available.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Minimalism artists?" and "Who are the best Minimalism artists?"

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Ellsworth Kelly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Minimalist Artists, Ranked
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Ellsworth Kelly is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker associated with hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and the minimalist school. His works demonstrate unassuming techniques emphasizing simplicity of form, similar to the work of John McLaughlin and Kenneth Noland. Kelly often ...more

Artworks: The Meschers, Dominican, Cité, Wall, Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance, + more

Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Hard-edge painting, Color Field, Monochrome painting, Minimalism, Post-painterly abstraction

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking

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Tony Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Minimalist Artists, Ranked
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Tony Smith


Tony Smith was an American sculptor, visual artist, architectural designer, and a noted theorist on art. He is often cited as a pioneering figure in American Minimalist sculpture. ...more

Artworks: Moondog, The Snake is Out AP, Die 2/3, Wandering Rocks 4/5, Spitball, + more

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Minimalism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Sculpture

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Carl Andre


Carl Andre is an American minimalist artist recognized for his ordered linear format and grid format sculptures. His sculptures range from large public artworks to more intimate tile patterns arranged on the floor of an exhibition space. In 1988, Andre was tried and acquitted in the death of his ...more

Artworks: 144 Lead Square, Steel Aluminum Plain, Pivot, AL Ravine, Hour Rose, + more

Birthplace: Quincy, Massachusetts, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Minimalism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Sculpture

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John McLaughlin


John Dwyer McLaughlin was an American abstract painter. Based primarily in California, he was a pioneer in minimalist and hard-edge painting. ...more

Artworks: #6, Untitled

Birthplace: Sharon, Massachusetts, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Hard-edge painting, Minimalism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting