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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 ReinhardtAd Reinhardt
Adolph Frederick Reinhardt, better known as Ad Reinhardt, was a famous abstract painter who promoted the idea of ‘Abstract Expressionism’ as a ...
Albert AnkerAlbert Anker
Albert Samuel Anker is regarded as the “national painter” of Switzerland. His meticulous paintings of Swiss rural life endeared him to the ...
Alberto GiacomettiAlberto 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 AltdorferAlbrecht Altdorfer
Albrecht Altdorfer was an iconic German painter, printmaker, engraver, drafter and architect of Renaissance era who is best celebrated as the ...
Albrecht DurerAlbrecht Durer
Albrecht Durer was a renowned painter, engraver, printmaker, theorist and mathematician of German origin. “Adam and Eve”, “Knight, Death and the ...
Alex GreyAlex Grey
Alex Grey is an artist whose works cover a diverse variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, visionary art, performance art, and ...
Almeida JuniorAlmeida Junior
Jose Ferraz de Almeida Junior was a major Brazilian painter whose works became a source of inspiration for subsequent modernists. As a painter, ...
Andrew Newell Wyeth - American PainterAndrew Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth was a realist painter of America. He will be remembered for his creations of paintings like ‘Christina’s World’ and ‘Winter 1946’. ...
Anna AncherAnna 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 ChuAsai 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 CorotCamille 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 AlstonCharles 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 ...
Constantine AndreouConstantine 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 AmietCuno 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-JeanEdmond Aman-Jean
Edmond François Aman-Jean was the leading French painter, pastellist and lithographer of his time, whose pivotal pièce de résistance are his ...
Frida KahloFrida 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 AmerlingFriedrich 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 ArcimboldoGiuseppe Arcimboldo
Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter, a mannerist of the 16th century. The ‘Mannerism’ was a transitional period from 1520 to 1590, which ...
Henry Ossawa Tanner - American PainterHenry 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 YeatsJack 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 Irish ...
Jacopo AmigoniJacopo Amigoni
Best fêted for his religious and mythological paintings, Jacopo Amigoni, also known as Giacomo Amiconi, was a prolific 18th century Venetian ...
John AltoonJohn 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 James AudubonJohn 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 CopleyJohn 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 ChicagoJudy Chicago
Judy Chicago is a famous American feminist artist. Her real name was Judith Sylvia Cohen. Galley owner Rolf Nelson named her as ‘Judy Chicago’ ...
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 VinciLeonardo da Vinci
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci is known to the world as a polymath, architect, mathematician, musician and architect and, most of all, an ...
Lizzy AnsinghLizzy 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 AnquetinLouis 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 ChagallMarc 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 AncherMichael 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 AveryMilton Avery
Milton Avery was one of the most distinguished American modern painters of the 20th century. Primarily a colorist, Avery’s work mainly focused ...
Pablo PicassoPablo 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 CezannePaul 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 ...
Peter MaxPeter 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 ...
Rene MagritteRene 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 RauschenbergRobert 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 AmoedoRodolfo 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 for ...
Sophie Gengembre AndersonSophie Gengembre And...
Best known for her beautiful, vivid delineation of Victorian children, Sophie Anderson’s oil paintings were like photographic images. With each ...
Tarsila do AmaralTarsila 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 ...
Tracey EminTracey Emin
One of the most publicized, infamous British artists, Tracey Emin is widely acknowledged for her sexually graphic and highly provocative ...