A to Z list of 230+ Famous artists of modern and contemporary art

Famous artists list

The following list of famous artists from A to Z was divided into two sections for the sake of clarity: Modern Artists and Contemporary Artists.

Modern art spans styles from the 1880s to the 1960s or 70s. Contemporary art is usually defined as art from the 1970s to the present. The transitional period after modernism is often referred to as postmodern art, which was created as a reaction to modern art.

We have classified artists who were active in both periods of art according to the peak of their creative work. Since the transitions are fluid, this division can only be estimated (or determined by subjective perception). Therefore you should check both lists if you miss an artist in either enumeration.

Also, please keep in mind that we have focused on visual artists in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and installation art. A comprehensive list of practitioners of all art forms would be too confusing.

Famous modern artists from A to Z

A

Josef Albers (1888 – 1976): painter
Hans Arp (1886 – 1966): sculptor, painter
Frank Auerbach (born 1931): painter
Milton Avery (1885 – 1965): painter

B

Francis Bacon (1909 – 1992): painter
Max Beckmann (1884 – 1950): painter, graphic artist, sculptor
Joseph Beuys (1921 – 1986): performance artist, painter, sculptor
Umberto Boccioni (1882 – 1916): painter, sculptor
Fernando Botero (born 1932): painter, sculptor
Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010): sculptor, installation artist, painter
Constantin Brâncuși (1876 – 1957): sculptor, painter, photographer
Georges Braque (1882 – 1963): painter, collage artist, sculptor
Daniel Buren (born 1938): sculptor, installation artist

C

Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976): Sculptor
Mary Cassatt (1844 – 1926): painter
Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906): painter
Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985): painter
Giorgio de Chirico (1888 – 1978): painter, graphic artist

D

Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989): Multidisciplinary artist
Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917): Painter
Robert Delaunay (1885 – 1941): painter
Sonia Delaunay (1885 – 1979): painter
André Derain (1880 – 1954): painter, sculptor
Otto Dix (1891 – 1969): painter, graphic artist
Theo van Doesburg (1883 – 1931): painter, architect
Jean Dubuffet (1901 – 1985): painter, sculptor

E

Max Ernst (1891 – 1976): painter, sculptor, graphic artist
M. C. Escher (1898 – 1972): Graphic artist

F

Lyonel Feininger (1871 – 1956): painter, graphic artist
Sam Francis (1923 – 1994): painter, graphic artist
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011): painter
Lucian Freud (1922-2011): painter

G

Joaquín Torres García (1874 – 1949): painter
Paul Gauguin (1848 – 1903): painter
Alberto Giacometti (1901 – 1966): sculptor, painter, graphic artist
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890): painter
Natalya Sergeyevna Goncharova (1881 – 1962): painter
Arshile Gorky (1904 – 1948): painter
Adolph Gottlieb (1903 – 1974): painter, sculptor
Juan Gris (1887 – 1927): painter
George Grosz (1893 – 1959): painter, draughtsman
Philip Guston (1913 – 1980): painter, graphic artist

H

Richard Hamilton (1922 – 2011): painter, collage artist
Raoul Hausmann (1886 – 1971): painter, collage artist
Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975): Sculptor
Eva Hesse (1936 – 1970): Sculptor
Hannah Höch (1889 – 1978): collage artist
Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967): painter

I

Robert Indiana (1928 – 2018): painter, designer

J

Donald Judd (1928 – 1994): sculptor

K

Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954): painter
Wassily Kandinsky (1866 – 1944): painter, art theorist
Paul Klee (1879 – 1940): painter, draughtsman
Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918): painter
Yves Klein (1928 – 1962): painter, performance artist
Franz Kline (1910 – 1962): Painter
Oskar Kokoschka (1886 – 1980): painter, graphic artist
Willem de Kooning (1904 – 1997): painter
Lee Krasner (1908 – 1984): painter, collage artist
František Kupka (1871 – 1957): painter, graphic artist

L

Fernand Léger (1881 – 1955): painter, sculptor
Sol LeWitt (1928 – 2007): Painter, draftsman, sculptor
Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997): painter, sculptor

M

August Macke (1887 – 1914): painter
René Magritte (1898 – 1967): painter
Kasimir Malevich (1879 – 1935): painter, art theorist
Édouard Manet (1832 – 1883): painter
Robert Mangold (born 1937): painter, graphic artist
Franz Marc (1880 – 1916): painter, graphic artist
Agnes Martin (1912 – 2004): painter
Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954): painter, sculptor, draughtsman
Roberto Matta (1911 – 2002): painter
Joan Miró (1893 – 1983): painter, sculptor
Joan Mitchell (1925 – 1992): painter, graphic artist
Amedeo Modigliani (1884 – 1920): painter, sculptor
Piet Mondrian (1872 – 1944): painter, art theorist
Claude Monet (1840 – 1926): Painter
Henry Moore (1898 – 1986): sculptor
Gustave Moreau (1826 – 1898): Painter
Robert Motherwell (1915 – 1991): painter, graphic artist
Alfons Mucha (1860 – 1939): painter, graphic artist
Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944): painter

N

Barnett Newman (1905 – 1970): painter
Kenneth Noland (1924 – 2010): Painter
Emil Nolde (1867 – 1956): painter, graphic artist

O

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986): painter

P

Eduardo Paolozzi (1924 – 2005): sculptor
Francis Picabia (1879 – 1953): painter
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973): Multidisciplinary artist
Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956): painter

Q

R

Robert Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008): painter, graphic artist
Man Ray (1890 – 1976): photographer
Ad Reinhardt (1913 – 1967): Painter
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919): painter
Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957): painter
Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917): sculptor
James Rosenquist (1933 – 2017): painter, graphic artist
Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970): painter
Henri Rousseau (1844 – 1910): painter

S

Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918): Painter
Oskar Schlemmer (1888 – 1943): painter, sculptor
Kurt Schwitters (1887 – 1948): painter, sculptor, graphic artist
Georges Seurat (1859 – 1891): painter
Paul Signac (1863 – 1935): painter
Clyfford Still (1904 – 1980): Painter
Graham Sutherland (1903 – 1980): painter, designer

T

Antoni Tàpies (1923 – 2012): painter, sculptor
Jean Tinguely (1925 – 1991): Sculptor
Cy Twombly (1928-2011): painter

U

V

Victor Vasarely (1906 – 1997): painter, sculptor
Édouard Vuillard (1868 – 1940): painter, graphic artist

W

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987): Multidisciplinary artist
Tom Wesselmann (1931 – 2004): painter, graphic artist
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903): painter
Grant Wood (1891 – 1942): painter

X

Y

Z


Famous contemporary artists list from A to Z

A

Marina Abramović (born 1946): performance artist
Rita Ackermann (born 1968): painter and collage artist
El Anatsui (born 1944): sculptor and installation artist
Carl Andre (born 1935): sculptor
Arman (1928-2005): sculptor
Richard Artschwager (1923-2013): sculptor and painter
Frank Auerbach (1931): painter

B

Francis Bacon (1909-1992): painter
Jo Baer (born 1929): painter and graphic artist
John Baldessari (born 1931): Concept Artist
Balthus (1908-2001): painter
Banksy (born 1974): Graffiti artist
Georg Baselitz (born 1938): Painter
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988): painter
Larry Bell (born 1939): sculptor
José Bernal (1925-2010): painter and sculptor
Fernando Botero (born 1932): painter and sculptor
Mark Bradford (born 1961): painter
Glenn Brown (born 1966): painter and sculptor

C

Maurizio Cattelan (born 1960): multimedia artist
John Chamberlain (1927-2011): sculptor
Judy Chicago (born 1939): Feminist artist
Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009): artist couple
Francesco Clemente (born 1952): Painter
Chuck Close (born 1940): Painter
George Condo (born 1957): painter
Tony Cragg (born 1945): sculptor

D

Hanne Darboven (1941-2009): conceptual artist
Walter De Maria (1940-2013): Installation artist and conceptual artist
Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993): painter
Jim Dine (born 1935): sculptor
Mark di Suvero (born 1933): sculptor
Peter Doig (born 1959): painter
Marlene Dumas (born 1953): painter

E

Ólafur Elíasson (born 1967): sculptor and installation artist
Tracey Emin (born 1963): artist with autobiographical focus

F

Carole Feuerman (born 1945): Sculptor
Eric Fischl (born 1948): painter, sculptor and graphic artist
Peter Fischli & David Weiss (born 1952, 1946-2012): Multimedia artist duo
Dan Flavin (1933-1996): Light installation artist
Günther Förg (1952-2013): painter, graphic designer, sculptor and photographer
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011): painter
Lucian Freud (1922-2011): painter

G

Isa Genzken (born 1948): Sculptor
Gilbert and George (born 1943 and 1942): sculptor, performance artist duo
Sam Gilliam (born 1933): Painter
Robert Gober (born 1954): sculptor
Nan Goldin (born 1953): Photographer
Leon Golub (1922-2004): painter
Antony Gormley (born 1950): sculptor
Dan Graham (born 1942): Multidisciplinary artist
Robert Graham (1938-2008): sculptor
Andreas Gursky (born 1955): photographer

H

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Hans Haacke (born 1936): Concept Artist
Richard Hamilton (1922-2011): painter, collage artist
Keith Haring (1958-1990): painter, graffiti artist
Gottfried Helnwein (born 1948): multimedia artist, performance artist
Andreas Heusser (born 1976): conceptual artist
Damien Hirst (born 1965): installation artist
David Hockney (born 1937): painter
Tom Holland (born 1936): mixed media artist, painter
Jenny Holzer (born 1950): Interdisciplinary artist

I

Jörg Immendorff (1945-2007): painter

J

Jasper Johns (born 1930): painter, graphic artist
Ray Johnson (1927-1995): Pop Art artist

K

Anish Kapoor (born 1954): sculptor
Allan Kaprow (1927-2006): painter, performance artist
On Kawara (born 1949): Conceptual artist
Anselm Kiefer (born 1945): painter
Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997): Concept artist, installation artist
Jeff Koons (born 1949): Conceptual artist
Barbara Kruger (born 1949): Contemporary artist and photographer
Yayoi Kusama (born 1929): installation artist, performance artist, painter

L

Maria Lassnig (1919-2014): painter
Sol LeWitt (1928-2007): Installation and conceptual artist
Richard Long (born 1945): sculptor, photographer, painter
Robert Longo (born 1953): painter and sculptor

M

Robert Mangold (born 1937): Painter
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989): photographer
Brice Marden (born 1938): painter
Agnes Martin (1912-2004): painter
Paul McCarthy (born 1945): Performance and installation artist
Eva Moll (born 1961): painter, performance and installation artist
Robert Morris (1931-2018): sculptor, writer and conceptual artist
Vik Muniz (born 1961): photographer
Takashi Murakami (born 1962): sculptor and painter

N

Bruce Nauman (born 1941): Concept Artist
Kenneth Noland (1924-2010): Painter

O

Albert Oehlen (born 1954): painter
Markus Oehlen (born 1956): painter
Chris Ofili (born 1968): painter
Claes Oldenburg (born 1929): sculptor
Yoko Ono (born 1933): musician, conceptual artist
Dennis Oppenheim (1938-2011): Concept and installation artist

P

Nam June Paik (1932-2006): video artist
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002): Sculptor
Ed Paschke (1939-2004): painter
Elizabeth Peyton (born 1965): Painter
Adrian Piper (born 1948): Concept Artist
Sigmar Polke (born 1941-2010): painter, photographer
Kenneth Price (1935-2012): Ceramist, sculptor
Richard Prince (born 1949): painter and photographer

Q

Marc Quinn (born 1964): sculptor

R

Arnulf Rainer (born 1929): painter
Neo Rauch (born 1960): painter
Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008): painter, collage artist, graphic artist
Gerhard Richter (born 1932): painter
James Rosenquist (1933-2017): Painter
Thomas Ruff (born 1958): Photographer
Edward Ruscha (born 1937): painter, graphic artist and filmmaker

S

Wilhelm Sasnal (born 1972): painter
Jenny Saville (born 1970): painter
Julian Schnabel (born 1951): painter, sculptor and filmmaker
Thomas Schütte (born 1954): sculptor
Richard Serra (born 1938): sculptor
Joel Shapiro (born 1941): sculptor
Cindy Sherman (born 1954): photographer, performance artist
Frank Stella (born 1936): painter, graphic artist
Thomas Struth (born 1954): Photographer

T

James Turrell (born 1943): installation artist

U

V

W

Jeff Wall (born 1946): photographer
Ai Weiwei (born 1957): Concept artist
Erwin Wurm (born 1954): sculptor, photographer

X

Y

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (born 1977): painter

Z

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