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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. (442 items)

David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
David Keith Lynch is an American film director, television director, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The ...more

Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE was a British fashion designer and couturier. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own Alexander McQueen ...more

Michael Stipe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
John Michael Stipe is an American singer, lyricist, film producer and visual artist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their ...more

John Cage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
John Milton Cage Jr. was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage ...more

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, professionally known as Brian Eno or simply Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known ...more

Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes ...more

Janet Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Janet Gaynor was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and silent films. After signing with Fox Film Corporation in 1926, she ...more

Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Grace Slick is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and former model, best known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and ...more

Clive Barker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Clive Barker is an English writer, film director, and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short ...more

Francis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Francis Bacon was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, emotionally charged and raw imagery. His painterly abstracted figures are typically isolated in glass or steel ...more

John Lydon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer of punk rock band the Sex Pistols from 1975 ...more

John Waters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his ...more

M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She is also a songwriter, painter and director. ...more

Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called ...more

Malcolm McLaren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was a British musician, impresario, visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, notable for combining these activities in an inventive and ...more

Mike Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda LHD is an American musician, record producer, and artist. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist, ...more

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
Humpty Hump is an actor and musician.

Antony Hegarty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Antony Hegarty, often referred to simply as Antony, is an English singer, composer, and visual artist, best known as the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. Antony was born in the ...more

Dimitris Papaioannou is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Dimitris Papaioannou is a Greek experimental theater stage director, choreographer and visual artist who drew media attention and acclaim with his creative direction of the Opening Ceremony of ...more

Grayson Perry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Grayson Perry, CBE is an English artist, known mainly for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing. Perry's vases have classical forms and are decorated in bright colours, depicting subjects at odds ...more

Brandon Boyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Brandon Charles Boyd is an American musician, author, and visual artist. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the American rock band Incubus.

Buffy Sainte-Marie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Buffy Sainte-Marie, OC is a Canadian-American Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. Throughout her career in all of these areas, her ...more

Berkeley Breathed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed is an American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip that ...more

Peter Fuller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Peter Fuller Peter Michael Fuller was a British art critic and magazine editor who was educated at Epsom College and Peterhouse, Cambridge. Fuller was born in 1947 in Damascus, Syria. In the early 1970s he ...more

Tom of Finland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Touko Laaksonen, best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland, was a Finnish artist notable for his stylized homoerotic fetish art and his influence on late twentieth century gay culture. He has ...more

Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists

Frances Bean Cobain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Frances Bean Cobain is an American visual artist, and only child of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole frontwoman Courtney Love.

John Cale is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
John Davies Cale, OBE is a Welsh musician, composer, singer-songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the experimental rock band the Velvet Underground. Though best known for ...more

Barbara Chase-Riboud is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Barbara Chase-Riboud, is an internationally acclaimed visual artist, bestselling novelist and award-winning poet. Established as a sculptor, Chase-Riboud attained international recognition with ...more

Antony Gormley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, OBE is a British sculptor. His best known works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, commissioned in 1994 and ...more

Sigmar Polke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Sigmar Polke was a German painter and photographer. Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to ...more

Takashi Murakami is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Takashi Murakami is an internationally prolific contemporary Japanese artist. He works in fine arts media—such as painting and sculpture—as well as what is conventionally considered commercial ...more

Waldemar Januszczak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Waldemar Januszczak is a British art critic and television documentary producer and presenter. Formerly the art critic of The Guardian, he took the same role at The Sunday Times in 1992, and has ...more

Frank X Walker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Frank X Walker is an African-American poet from Danville, Kentucky. Walker coined the word "Affrilachia", signifying the importance of the African-American presence in Appalachia: the ...more

Francisco Goya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. Goya was court painter to the ...more

Joan Brossa is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Joan Brossa was a Catalan poet, as well as a playwright, graphic designer and visual artist. He wrote his huge literary work in the Catalan language only. He was one of the founders of both the ...more

Gerhard Richter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Gerhard Richter is a German visual artist and one of the pioneers of the New European Painting that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century. Richter has produced abstract as well as ...more

Miquel Barcelo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Miquel Barceló is a Spanish painter from Felanitx, Majorca.

Walter Crane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Walter Crane was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most influential, and among the most prolific, children’s book creator of his generation and, along with ...more

Wesley Willis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Wesley Willis was an American singer-songwriter and visual artist from Chicago. Diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1989, Willis began a career as an underground singer-songwriter in the outsider ...more

John Ernest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
John Ernest was an American-born constructivist abstract artist. He was born in Philadelphia, in 1922. After living and working in Sweden and Paris from 1946 to 1951, he moved to London, ...more

Sebastian Horsley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Sebastian Horsley was a London artist. Horsley's writing often revolved around his dysfunctional family, his drug addictions, sex, and his reliance on prostitutes.

Cynthia Ona Innis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Cynthia Ona Innis is an American painter, sculptor and visual artist raised in San Diego and based out of Oakland. Her work has been described as "paintings one doesn't look at so much as ...more

Ed Emshwiller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Edmund Alexander Emshwiller, better known as Ed Emshwiller, was an American visual artist notable for his science fiction illustrations and his pioneering experimental films. He usually signed ...more

Martin Rowson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Martin Rowson is a British editorial cartoonist and writer. His genre is political satire and his style is scathing and graphic. He characterizes his work as "visual journalism". His ...more

Magdalena Abakanowicz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Magdalena Abakanowicz is a Polish sculptor and fiber artist. She is notable for her use of textiles as a sculptural medium. She was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland from ...more

Ernst L. Freud is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Ernst L.[ucie] Freud was an Austrian architect and the fourth child of Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his German-born wife Martha Bernays. In honour of his wife Ernst Freud added the ...more

Alfred Hrdlicka is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
Alfred Hrdlicka was an Austrian sculptor, draughtsman, painter and artist. His surname is sometimes written Hrdlička. After learning to be a dental technician from 1943 to 1945, Hrdlicka studied ...more

George Grosz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Visual Artists
George Grosz was a German artist known especially for his caricatural drawings of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the ...more