List of Famous Contemporary Artists

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List of famous contemporary artists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top contemporary artists in the world? This includes the most prominent contemporary artists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable contemporary artists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic contemporary artists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned contemporary artists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known contemporary artists to the lesser known contemporary artists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the contemporary artist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous contemporary artists ever?" and "What are the names of famous contemporary artists?" then you're in the right place. (13 items)
Shepard Fairey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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

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Takashi Murakami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous 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

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Damien Hirst is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous 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

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