The Greatest Famous Surrealist Artists

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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. 


  • 1
    521 VOTES
    • Artworks: The Persistence of Memory, Galatea of the Spheres, The Burning Giraffe, Metamorphosis of Narcissus, Tuna Fishing
    • Birthplace: Figueres, Spain
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Cubism, Surrealism
    • Nationality: Spain
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Photography, Painting, Drawing
  • René Magritte
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    2
    317 VOTES
    • Artworks: The Son of Man, The Menaced Assassin, Time Transfixed, The Treachery of Images, The Mysteries of the Horizon
    • Birthplace: Lessines, Belgium
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Nationality: Belgium
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • 3
    222 VOTES
    • Artworks: The Elephant Celebes, Napoleon in the Wilderness, Aquis Submersus, Pietà or Revolution by Night, Lunar Asparagus
    • Birthplace: Brühl, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Dada, Surrealism
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
  • Yves Tanguy
    Photo: user uploaded image
    4
    137 VOTES
    • Artworks: Slowly Toward the North, Second Thoughts, Extinction of Useless Lights, Multiplication of the Arcs, Mama
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Nationality: France, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting