Famous 21st Century Sculptors

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 1 Andy Goldsworthy

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Famous As: Sculptor & Photographer
Birthdate: July 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cheshire, England

English sculptor, artist, and photographer Andy Goldsworthy has revolutionized outdoor art by creating masterpieces with naturally available material such as rain, snow, and rocks. A farm laborer in his younger days, he developed an early love for nature and the elements. Rain Shadows remains one of his best-loved works.

 2 Jeff Koons

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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: January 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: York
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 3 Yvonne McGuinness

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Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: October 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kilkenny
Irish visual artist Yvonne McGuinness is renowned for her video installations and prints. Most of her art works revolve around themes of conflict between revealing and hiding one’s true self. She has also made several short films, such as Charlie's Place. She is married to Irish actor Cillian Murphy.

 4 Leslie Stefanson

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Famous As: Actress, Model, Artist, Sculptor
Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota

Leslie Stefanson is an American model, artist, and actress. She achieved popularity after playing important roles in popular films, such as The General's Daughter. A multi-talented personality, Leslie Stefanson also makes terracotta and bronze sculptures in New York City and Los Angeles.

 5 Yayoi Kusama

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Famous As: Contemporary Artist
Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is known for her variety of artforms, including sculpture, installations, paintings, and fashion. She mingles elements such as feminism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism, and expresses her struggle with mental illness through her art. She has also published books and produced an award-winning film. 

 6 Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida
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Famous As: Actor, Photographer, Sculptor, Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco

Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress and photojournalist counted amongst the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Considered a  sex symbol in her youth, she had a successful career both in the film and TV industries. She later built a second career as a photojournalist. She is a recipient of the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award.  

 7 Ai Weiwei

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing
Named Art Review’s most powerful artist in 2011, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become a symbol of resilience against the authoritarian Chinese government. Jailed and banned from leaving the country once, he is known for using various media, such as sculpture, photos, and documentaries, to reflect Chinese human-rights abuses.
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 8 Don Gummer

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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Don Gummer, husband of actor Meryl Streep, is a talented sculptor who is known for his free-standing sculptures in bronze. He initially focused on wall-mounted and table-top pieces. An avid philanthropist, he has donated to various charitable organizations such as the Silver Mountain Arts Foundation, along with Meryl.

 9 Takashi Murakami

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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, Artist, Film director
Birthdate: February 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Itabashi-ku

Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary artist who works in both fine arts media and commercial arts media. He is known for blurring the line between “high” and “low” arts. He is the founder of the art production and artist management company Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. He has collaborated with the fashion brand Louis Vuitton as well. 

 10 Fernando Botero

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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Artist
Birthdate: April 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia

 11 Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Costume designer
Birthdate: May 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Augusta

 12 Wes Borland

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

 13 Anish Kapoor

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Famous As: Sculptor, Visual artist, Painter, Architect
Birthdate: March 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai

Born in India, sculptor Anish Kapoor initially studied engineering in Israel but soon quit his studies to study art in Britain. The Turner Prize-winning artist was the first living artist to earn a solo show at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. The Cloud Gate in Chicago remain his best-loved work.

 14 George Montgomery

George Montgomery
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: August 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brady, Pondera County, Montana Pondera County Montana, U.S.
Died: December 12, 2000

 15 Frank Frazetta

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 10, 2010

 16 Antony Gormley

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Famous As: Sculptor, Artist
Birthdate: August 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

Sculptor Antony Gormley is best known for his human forms, most of which he creates using his own naked form. The Turner Prize-winning artist had initially studied history and archaeology but later turned to art. His best-known works include Angel of the North and Three Ways: Mould, Hole and Passage.

 17 Yoshitaka Amano

Yoshitaka Amano
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Famous As: Character designer, Sculptor, Illustrator, Artist, Blogger, Animator, Painter
Birthdate: March 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shizuoka

Japanese visual artist and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano is a renowned name in the animation industry. Apart from creating iconic characters such as Gatchaman, he has also illustrated for the video game series Final Fantasy. The Inkpot Award winner has also worked for two Vampire Hunter D movies.

 18 Anselm Kiefer

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Donaueschingen, Germany

German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, counted among leading figures of the Neo-Expressionist art movement of the late 20th century, is noted for his works like The Hierarchy of Angels (painting), The Secret Life of Plants (sculpture) and Grane (woodcut). Themes of Kiefer were often influenced by the spiritual concepts of Kabbalah, horror of the Holocaust and poems of Paul Celan.

 19 Gunther von Hagens

Gunther von Hagens
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Famous As: Anatomist, Sculptor, Inventor, University teacher
Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Skalmierzyce, Greater Poland Voivodeship

 20 Jenny Holzer

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Famous As: Artist, Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: July 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gallipolis

 21 Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg
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Famous As: Artist, Sculptor, Painter, Graphic artist
Birthdate: January 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm

 22 Frank Stella

Frank Stella
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: May 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Malden

 23 Richard Serra

Richard Serra
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: November 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco

 24 Steve McQueen

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

Steve McQueen is a British filmmaker and video artist best known for his film 12 Years a Slave. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, making him the first black filmmaker to win the award. He is also a prominent visual artist and a recipient of the Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist. 

 25 Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson
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Famous As: Artist, Sculptor
Birthdate: February 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen

 26 Takeshi Kitano

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adachi, Tokyo, Japan

Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese comedian, TV presenter, author, actor, and filmmaker. He gained international fame in the 1970s as one half of the comedy duo Two Beat. He later pursued a solo act and became one of the top comedians in Japan. He then ventured into acting and direction as well. He won the Golden Lion award in 1997.   

 27 Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: March 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

 28 Romero Britto

Romero Britto
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: October 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Recife

 29 Douglas Coupland

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Famous As: Writer, Sculptor, Novelist, Artist, Designer, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rheinmünster

Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist and artist who popularized the term “Generation X” mentioned in his international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published several novels, collections of short stories, and works of non-fiction. His art is frequently exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. 

 30 Thomas Heatherwick

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Famous As: Architect, Sculptor, Designer
Birthdate: February 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

The founder of the London-based architecture firm Heatherwick Studio, Thomas Heatherwick is best known for his works such as the Seed Cathedral for the 2010 Shanghai Expo’s UK Pavilion and the 2012 Olympic Cauldron. A descendant of the owners of fashion brand Jaeger, he studied 3-D design and revolutionized architecture.

 31 Ellsworth Kelly

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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, Artist
Birthdate: May 31, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newburgh (city), New York
Died: December 27, 2015

 32 Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana
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Famous As: Costume designer, Painter, Sculptor, Postage stamp designer
Birthdate: September 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Castle

 33 Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney
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Famous As: Artist, Sculptor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco

 34 Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck
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Famous As: artist, sculptor
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne

 35 Wolfgang Beltracchi

Wolfgang Beltracchi
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Famous As: Art forger, Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Writer
Birthdate: February 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Höxter

German art-forger and artist Wolfgang Beltracchi gained notoriety for his involvement in an international art scam where he forged paintings of famous artists like Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Heinrich Campendonk, and Kees van Dongen and sold them to make profits that surpassed $100m. Beltracchi and his wife, Helene, were found guilty and were given six-year and four-year prison terms respectively.

 36 Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Padua, Italy

Maurizio Cattelan is an Italian artist best known for his hyperrealistic sculptures and installations. He has a satirical approach to art and is often considered a joker or prankster of the art world. His works have been exhibited internationally in museums. One of his best-known works is America, a fully functional toilet made of solid gold. 

 37 Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lake Charles

 38 Chris Ofili

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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Artist, Visual artist
Birthdate: October 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manchester

Chris Ofili is a British painter best known for such works that have been created using elephant dung as part of their creation. His paintings earned him the prestigious Turner Prize in 1998. Chris Ofili, whose work has been categorized as punk art, also utilizes cut-outs from porn magazines, glitter, beads, resin, and oil paint as painting elements.

 39 Emilie Benes Brzezinski

Emilie Benes Brzezinski
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Famous As: artist, sculptor
Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: Geneva

 40 Jim Dine

Jim Dine
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker
Birthdate: June 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cincinnati

 41 Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

 42 Michael Craig-Martin

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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, University teacher
Birthdate: August 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin

 43 Kate Millett

Kate Millett
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: September 6, 2017

 44 Ginger Gilmour

Ginger Gilmour
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Famous As: Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: January 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 45 Luis Jiménez

Luis Jiménez
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: June 13, 2006

 46 Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: December 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Wayne

 47 Carl Andre

Carl Andre
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Artist, Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quincy

 48 Cécilia Rodhe

Cécilia Rodhe
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Famous As: Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: September 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

 49 Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, Artist
Birthdate: January 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nuremberg

 50 Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: January 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norwalk, California, United States
Died: August 5, 2013