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List of famous visual artists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top visual artists in the world? This includes the most prominent visual artists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable visual artists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic visual 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 visual artists.

A list made up of people like Alexander McQueen and David Lynch.

From reputable, prominent, and well known visual artists to the lesser known visual artists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the visual artist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous visual artists ever?" and "What are the names of famous visual artists?" then you're in the right place. (440 items)
David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, painter, musician, actor, and photographer. He is best known for the acclaimed films Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive ...more

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Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was a British fashion designer and couturier. He worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001, and founded his own fort ...more

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Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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John Cage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, artist, and philosopher. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and ...more

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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (; born Brian Peter George Eno, 15 May 1948) is an English musician, record producer, visual artist, and theorist best known for his ...more

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Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Victor Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo] (listen); 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the ...more

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Janet Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Janet Gaynor (born Laura Augusta Gainor; October 6, 1906 – September 14, 1984) was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and ...more

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Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Grace Barnett Wing Slick (born October 30, 1939) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in San Francisco's ...more

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Clive Barker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English writer, film director, and visual artist. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories, the Books of Blood, which ...more

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Francis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his emotionally charged raw imagery and fixation on personal motifs. Best known for his ...more

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John Lydon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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John Waters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
John Samuel Waters Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the ...more

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Mathangi Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known as M.I.A., is an English rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, visual artist, and activist. Her stage name is wordplay on her name ...more

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Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Malcolm McLaren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren (22 January 1946 – 8 April 2010) was an English impresario, visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner, notable for combining these ...more
Mike Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Oscar Niemeyer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. ...more
Shock G is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Anohni is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Dimitris Papaioannou is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Grayson Perry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Grayson Perry (born 24 March 1960) is an English contemporary artist. He is known for his ceramic vases, tapestries and cross-dressing, as well as his observations of the contemporary arts ...more
Brandon Boyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Buffy Sainte-Marie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Berkeley Breathed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
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Peter Fuller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Peter Fuller
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