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A comprehensive directory of world's most famous painters.

Painters may refer to people who are involved in the creation of art work through the use of paint. A painter is one who paints in order to earn his living or he/she may also practice it as a recreational activity. The world most ancient paintings were created by cavemen, who created murals on the caves. Some of the oldest know paintings were created in France, at the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, these paintings are considered to be 32, 000 years old. Visual art was also produced in India as early as the 3rd millennium BC. Paintings were also done in the caves of central India in the pre-historic times, from 30,000 BCE. The different types of painters include surrealistic painters, abstract painters, modernist painters, impressionistic painters, modern painters and realistic painters. The different kinds of paintings include cubism, geometric art, pop art; outsider art, photorealism, and ink wash painting among many others. In the 21st century, the art industry is one of the most booming multibillion dollar industries that provides opportunities to an array of artists and painters. Here is a compilation of a list of famous painters from across the world, learn more fascinating facts and details about them with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
Ad Reinhardt Ad Reinhardt

Adolph Frederick Reinhardt, better known as Ad Reinhardt, was a famous abstract painter who promoted the idea of ‘Abstract Expressionism’ as ...

Albert Anker Albert Anker

Albert Samuel Anker is regarded as the “national painter” of Switzerland. His meticulous paintings of Swiss rural life endeared him to the ...

Alberto Giacometti Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti was a popular Swiss artist and surrealist sculptor. He was son of a non-impressionist painter - it is no wonder Giacometti ...

Albrecht Altdorfer Albrecht Altdorfer

Albrecht Altdorfer was an iconic German painter, printmaker, engraver, drafter and architect of Renaissance era who is best celebrated as the ...

Albrecht Durer Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer was a renowned painter, engraver, printmaker, theorist and mathematician of German origin. “Adam and Eve”, “Knight, Death ...

Alex Grey Alex Grey

Alex Grey is an artist whose works cover a diverse variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, visionary art, performance art, and ...

Almeida Junior Almeida Junior

Jose Ferraz de Almeida Junior was a major Brazilian painter whose works became a source of inspiration for subsequent modernists. As a painter, ...

Amrita Shergil Amrita Shergil

One of the most talented painters ever to have graced the Indian soil, Amrita Shergil was an artist beyond compare. Though she lived for just 28 ...

Andrew Newell Wyeth - American Painter Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth was a realist painter of America. He will be remembered for his creations of paintings like ‘Christina’s World’ and ‘Winter ...

Anna Ancher Anna Ancher

Anna Ancher (August 18, 1859 – April 15, 1935) was a Danish painter. Anna Ancher is considered one of Denmark’s great pictorial artists. She ...

Asai Chu Asai Chu

Asai Chu, the famous landscape painter of the Meiji period and of the founder members of Meiji Bijutsukai, is one of the greatest oil painters ...

Camille Corot Camille Corot

Camille Corot, born as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, was a famous 19th century French painter known for his landscape painting. He was the ...

Charles Alston Charles Alston

Charles Alston was a renowned African-American artist of the early 1900s. Not only was he a revolutionary painter, but he was a sculptor, a ...

Claude Monet Claude Monet

Claude Monet was a renowned French painter who used to capture his daily life’s best moments on canvas. He is one of the most celebrated ...

Constantine Andreou Constantine Andreou

A figure that played a major role in the advancement of 20th century art, Constantine was an eminent Greek artist and sculptor. With a career ...

Cuno Amiet Cuno Amiet

An important modernist artist, painter, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor of the 19th century, Cuno Amiet is indeed a name to reckon with ...

Edmond Aman-Jean Edmond Aman-Jean

Edmond François Aman-Jean was the leading French painter, pastellist and lithographer of his time, whose pivotal pièce de résistance are his ...

Egon Schiele Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele was a famous Austrian painter, famous for being influenced by the works of Gustav Klimt and pioneering into the art of ...

Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a great Mexican painter best known for her self-portraits. She combined traditional Mexican folk art with surrealism, making her ...

Friedrich von Amerling Friedrich von Amerli...

Friedrich von Amerling was a painter of exceptional forte, widely spatted for his sentimental, simple and pious view of the world in a realistic ...

Giuseppe Arcimboldo Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter, a mannerist of the 16th century. The ‘Mannerism’ was a transitional period from 1520 to 1590, ...

Gustav Klimt Gustav Klimt

An influential painter and the founder of the Vienna Secession art movement, Gustav Klimt dominated the art scene in the 19th century Austria. ...

Henry Ossawa Tanner - American Painter Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry Ossawa Tanner was an African American painter. Belonging to a religious family, he developed an interest towards art when he was a ...

Jack Butler Yeats Jack Butler Yeats

One of the most significant Irish painters of the 20th century, Jack Butler “J.B” Yeats was most famous for his beautiful paintings of the ...

Jacopo Amigoni Jacopo Amigoni

Best fêted for his religious and mythological paintings, Jacopo Amigoni, also known as Giacomo Amiconi, was a prolific 18th century Venetian ...

Jamini Roy Jamini Roy

Jamini Roy was one of the most influential painters of the 20th century, who through his work gave expression to the true essence of Bengali ...

John Altoon John Altoon

John Altoon was an influential avant-garde American artist of his time who dominated the art scene of 1950s and ‘60s Los Angeles. Most of his ...

John Baldessari John Baldessari

One of the most prominent and influential figures in art, John Baldessari is known as the founding father of conceptual art. He is said to have ...

John Berger John Berger

John Peter Berger is an English painter, art critic, essayist, prose writer and a fiction writer. His fictional work on the alienation of the ...

John James Audubon John James Audubon

John James Audubon, also known as Jean-Jacques Audobon, was one of the major contributors of masterpieces to American art. With an avid interest ...

John Singleton Copley John Singleton Cople...

John Singleton Copley was one of the most prominent painters in colonial America and England. He was famous for his portrait paintings of ...

Judy Chicago Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago is a famous American feminist artist. Her real name was Judith Sylvia Cohen. Galley owner Rolf Nelson named her as ‘Judy ...

Karel Appel Karel Appel

Karel Appel was an expressionist Dutch painter. He was a member of the famous COBRA, the European group of the late 1940s to early 1950s, which ...

Lawrence Alma-Tadema Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Lawrence Alma-Tadema was a painter who brought the world of Merovingian and ancient Roman splendor and decadence to life. His life-like ...

Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci is known to the world as a polymath, architect, mathematician, musician, sculptor, engineer, inventor, anatomist ...

Lizzy Ansingh Lizzy Ansingh

Lizzy Ansingh was a famous Dutch painter, noted for her doll paintings. What made her paintings so unique was her representation of dolls not as ...

Louis Anquetin Louis Anquetin

Louis Anquetin was regarded as the most promising artist of the 19th century and he was a major influence on other artists of his time and later ...

Marc Chagall Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was a prominent Russian artist of the 20th century. Russian painting style had a great influence on him when he was studying ...

Michael Ancher Michael Ancher

The legendary Danish painter and one of the most prized members of the Skagen School, Michael Peter Ancher was a master artist best known for ...

Milton Avery Milton Avery

Milton Avery was one of the most distinguished American modern painters of the 20th century. Primarily a colorist, Avery’s work mainly focused ...

Norman Rockwell Norman Rockwell

Norman Perceval Rockwell was an American artist—a painter and an illustrator. His work was an artistic depiction of the American culture and ...

Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso

Talk of 20th century greatest artists and one cannot go on the list without mentioning the name of Pablo Picasso! The indomitable artist of the ...

Paul Cezanne Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne was a leading figure of the impressionist movement who had a profound influence on modern art. He studied art in Paris but was not ...

Paul Gauguin Paul Gauguin

Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin, better known as Paul Gauguin, was a leading French artist of the Symbolist art movement of the early 20th century. As ...

Peter Max Peter Max

A pop culture icon who revolutionized the concept of modern art in the U.S., Peter Max is a graphic artist known for his psychedelic style of ...

Piet Mondrian Piet Mondrian

Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, famously known as Piet Mondrian, was a Dutch painter who produced revolutionary artistic works in The Netherlands, ...

Raja Ravi Varma Raja Ravi Varma

Raja Ravi Varma was a renowned Indian painter who greatly influenced the future generations of Indian painters. Coming from a naturally blessed ...

Rene Magritte Rene Magritte

Rene Francois Ghislain Magritte was a surrealist artist who created such works of art that intrigue the observers’ minds and force them to ...

Robert Rauschenberg Robert Rauschenberg

One of the pioneers in the development of pop art in the 1960s, the renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg was known for his artistic innovations ...

Rodolfo Amoedo Rodolfo Amoedo

The famous Brazilian painter and decorator, Rodolfo Amoedo was one of the key heads responsible for the rebirth of teaching and academic ...

Salvador Dali Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali is popularly known as Dali. He is hugely popular around the world for creating a new genre in art – surrealism. Dali is known ...

Sophie Gengembre Anderson Sophie Gengembre And...

Best known for her beautiful, vivid delineation of Victorian children, Sophie Anderson’s oil paintings were like photographic images. With ...

Tarsila do Amaral Tarsila do Amaral

Tarsila do Amaral, better known to the world as Tarsila, was a Brazilian artist who gave Latin American art a new direction. She was the strong ...

Thomas Hart Benton Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas Hart Benton was a painter and muralist considered to be one of the foremost figures of the American Scene Painting movement of the 1930s. ...

Tracey Emin Tracey Emin

One of the most publicized, infamous British artists, Tracey Emin is widely acknowledged for her sexually graphic and highly provocative ...

Tyeb Mehta Tyeb Mehta

Not every day a man with as exceptional artistic calibre as Tyeb Mehta is born. A supremely talented Indian painter, Tyeb Mehta’s paintings ...

Vincent van Gogh Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was a legendary Dutch artist whose works are known for their charismatic beauty, enthralling emotion and vibrant colors. ...