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

Surrealism is a movement of art that seek to portray the subconscious mind. Surrealists sought to show what people saw in their minds and dreams more than what existed in reality. Paintings, such as Dalí's "The Persistence of Memory," feature familiar objects in unfamiliar and impossible ways. This list of surrealist artists includes Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, and more.

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

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. Use this fact-based list to build one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion. 

Salvador Dalí is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Famous Surrealist Artists
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Salvador Dalí


Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol, known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly ...more

Artworks: The Persistence of Memory, Galatea of the Spheres, The Burning Giraffe, Metamorphosis of Narcissus, Tuna Fishing, + more

Birthplace: Figueres, Spain

Associated periods or movements: Dada, Cubism, Surrealism

Nationality: Spain

Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Painting, Drawing

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René Magritte is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Famous Surrealist Artists
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René Magritte


René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fall under the umbrella of surrealism. His work is known for challenging observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality. ...more

Artworks: The Son of Man, The Menaced Assassin, Time Transfixed, The Treachery of Images, The Mysteries of the Horizon, + more

Birthplace: Lessines, Belgium

Associated periods or movements: Surrealism

Nationality: Belgium

Art Forms: Painting

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Max Ernst is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Famous Surrealist Artists
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Max Ernst


Max Ernst was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism. ...more

Artworks: The Elephant Celebes, Napoleon in the Wilderness, Aquis Submersus, Pietà or Revolution by Night, Lunar Asparagus, + more

Birthplace: Brühl, Eurasia, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism

Nationality: Germany

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

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Giorgio de Chirico is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Famous Surrealist Artists
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Giorgio de Chirico was an Italian artist. In the years before World War I, he founded the scuola metafisica art movement, which profoundly influenced the surrealists. After 1919, he became interested in traditional painting techniques, and worked in a neoclassical or neo-Baroque style, while ...more

Artworks: Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure), The Double Dream of Spring, The Disquieting Muses, The Enigma of the Hour, Metaphysical Interior with Large Factory, + more

Birthplace: Volos, Greece

Associated periods or movements: Italian modern and contemporary art, Metaphysical art, Surrealism

Nationality: Italy

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

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