Famous 21st Century Sculptors

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Andy Goldsworthy
(Sculptor & Photographer)
Andy Goldsworthy
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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.

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Jeff Koons
(Sculptor, Painter)
Jeff Koons
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Birthdate: January 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: York

Jeff Koons is an American artist best known for his versatility and work that deals with popular culture. Koons is also known for his sculptures, such as large balloon animals made using stainless steel to achieve mirror-finish surfaces. One of the most successful artists of his generation, Koons has produced works that have earned a couple of record auction prices.

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Leslie Stefanson
(Actress, Model, Artist, Sculptor)
Leslie Stefanson
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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.

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Yayoi Kusama
(Contemporary Artist)
Yayoi Kusama
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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. 
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Takashi Murakami
(Contemporary Artist Who Is the Founder and President of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd)
Takashi Murakami
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Birthdate: February 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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. 

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

Richard Serra is an American artist renowned for his large-scale sculptures that are designed for site-specific landscape, architectural, and urban settings. Many of his works are displayed in several museums, including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris. Serra is the recipient of several prestigious awards like The National Arts Award.

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

Presidential Medal-winning artist Jasper Johns is best known for his contribution to the pop art movement. His paintings revolve around subjects such as flags, numbers, and letters, whereas he has also gained fame for his cast sculpture art such as Painted Bronze. He also once experimented by attaching strings to his art.

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Fernando Botero
(Painter, Sculptor, Artist)
Fernando Botero
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Birthdate: April 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia
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Günter Grass
(German Novelist & Nobel Prize Laureate, Best Known for His 1959 Novel, 'The Tin Drum')
Günter Grass
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Birthdate: October 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Free City of Danzig, Poland
Died: April 13, 2015

Günter Grass was a German novelist, illustrator, graphic artist, poet, playwright, and sculptor. A much revered and decorated writer, Grass was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999. Over the course of his illustrious career, Günter Grass won many other awards, including the Georg Büchner Prize and the Hermann Kesten Prize.

 10 
Claes Oldenburg
(Artist, Sculptor, Painter, Graphic artist)
Claes Oldenburg
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Birthdate: January 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm

Claes Oldenburg is a Swedish-American sculptor recognized for his public art installations. Many of his artworks, which were co-designed by his wife Coosje van Bruggen until 2009, feature everyday objects. One of the most celebrated sculptors of his generation, Claes Oldenburg has been honored with many prestigious awards like the National Medal of Arts and the Wolf Prize in Arts.  

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Antony Gormley
(Sculptor, Artist)
Antony Gormley
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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.

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Yoshitaka Amano
(Character designer, Sculptor, Illustrator, Artist, Blogger, Animator, Painter)
Yoshitaka Amano
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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.

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Anish Kapoor
(Sculpture known for works like Cloud Gate in Chicago and Sky Mirror in New York, he won the Premio Duemila Prize in 1990 and the Turner Prize in 1991.)
Anish Kapoor
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Birthdate: March 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, india

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.

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Jenny Holzer
(Artist, Painter, Sculptor)
Jenny Holzer
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Birthdate: July 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gallipolis

Jenny Holzer is an American artist best known for her association with neo-conceptual art. Her work focuses on conveying ideas and messages in public spaces with the help of large-scale installations, illuminated electronic displays, projections on buildings, and advertising billboards. Over the course of her career, Holzer has received several awards like the Golden Lion at the 1990 Venice Biennale.

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Anselm Kiefer
(German Painter and Sculptor)
Anselm Kiefer
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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.

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Frank Stella
(Painter, Sculptor)
Frank Stella
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Birthdate: May 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Malden

Frank Stella is an American sculptor, painter, and printmaker known for his work in the fields of post-painterly abstraction and minimalism. An influential artist, Stella has been an ardent supporter of copyright protection for artists. In 2009, he was honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts. In 2011, the International Sculpture Center honored Stella with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Sol Lewitt
(American Artist Known for His Wall Drawings in the 1960s)
Sol Lewitt
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Birthdate: September 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 8, 2007

Sol Lewitt was an American artist best remembered for his association with various movements, including minimalism and conceptual art. LeWitt was also prolific in drawing, printmaking, installation, photography, and painting. Since 1965, Lewitt has been the subject of several solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. His life inspired a biography titled Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas.

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Takeshi Kitano
(Comedian)
Takeshi Kitano
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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.   

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Romero Britto
(Sculptor, Painter)
Romero Britto
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Birthdate: October 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Recife

Romero Britto is a Brazilian painter, artist, sculptor, and serigrapher. He is best known for his distinctive style that fuses elements of pop art, cubism, and graffiti painting. Romero Britto is also known for using bold patterns and vibrant colors as a visual expression of happiness, dreams, and hope.

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Don Gummer
(Sculptor)
Don Gummer
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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.
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Olafur Eliasson
(Artist known for sculptured and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer's experience)
Olafur Eliasson
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Birthdate: February 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist. He is famous for his sculptured and large-scale installation art. He established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin in 1995 and co-founded Studio Other Spaces in 2014. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts for many years. 

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Edward Tufte
(Statistician Known for His Writings on Information Design and as a Pioneer in the Field of Data Visualization)
Edward Tufte
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Birthdate: March 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Edward Tufte is an American statistician best known for his pioneering work in the area of data visualization. He also serves as a professor emeritus of computer science, statistics, and political science at Yale University.

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

Robert Indiana was an American artist best remembered for his association with the pop art movement. He is credited with creating the popular Love sculpture. The sculpture, which is situated at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), was the basis for the 1973 US Postal Service LOVE stamp. Indiana's works are preserved in numerous museums, including the McNay Art Museum.  

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Ron Mueck
(artist, sculptor)
Ron Mueck
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Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne
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Thomas Heatherwick
(Architect, Sculptor, Designer)
Thomas Heatherwick
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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.

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Matthew Barney
(Contemporary Artist Best Known for His Avant-Garde Film Series)
Matthew Barney
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Birthdate: March 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Matthew Barney is an American film director and contemporary artist best known for his work in the fields of film, sculpture, drawing, and photography. Barney's works explore connections between biology, geography, mythology, and geology. Over the course of his career, Matthew Barney has won several awards like the Hugo Boss Prize and James D. Phelan Art Award.

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

Ellsworth Kelly was an American sculptor, painter, and printmaker best remembered for his association with Color Field painting, hard-edge painting, and minimalism. Over the course of his illustrious career, Kelly was honored with several prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Edward MacDowell Medal.

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Maurizio Cattelan
(Italian Artist Known for His Hyperrealistic Sculptures and Installations)
Maurizio Cattelan
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Birthdate: September 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Padua, Veneto, 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. 

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Wolfgang Beltracchi
(Art forger, Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Writer)
Wolfgang Beltracchi
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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.

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Emilie Benes Brzezinski
(artist, sculptor)
Emilie Benes Brzezinski
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Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: Geneva

Emilie Benes Brzezinski is a Swiss American sculptor best known for her sculptures made out of wood. Her monumental work Lintel, which was made from cut cherry trees, is currently preserved in a sculpture park named Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. Over the years, Emilie Benes has displayed her work at several art exhibitions, including the Florence Biennale.

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

Kiki Smith is a German American artist who lives and works in New York State. Smith's work focuses on themes like regeneration, sex, and birth. An influential artist, Smith's work also discusses subjects like gender and AIDS. Over the years, she has won several prestigious awards, such as the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award and Women in the Arts Award.

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Theo Jansen
(Dutch Artist and Sculptor Known for His Kinetic Sculpture)
Theo Jansen
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Birthdate: March 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scheveningen, Netherlands

Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist best known for his sculptures that combine art and engineering. He achieved popularity when he invented the Strandbeest, a moving kinetic structure that resembles a walking animal. Described as an artificial life by Jansen, these sculptures are constantly being improved. In 2016, The Simpsons featured Jansen and the Strandbeest in one of its episodes. 

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Lars Vilks
(Swedish Visual Artist and Activist Known for the Controversy Surrounding His Drawings of 'Muhammad')
Lars Vilks
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Birthdate: June 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden
Died: October 3, 2021

Swedish artist Lars Vilks created a major controversy with one of his drawings that showed Prophet Muhammad's head set on a dog's body. Previously, his 2 sculptures, Nimis and Arx, set in the Kullaberg nature reserve, were attacked by vandals. He died in a traffic accident in southern Sweden.

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Ginger Gilmour
(Sculptor, Model)
Ginger Gilmour
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Birthdate: January 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia

Ginger Gilmour is an American sculptor, author, artist, and former model. Best known for her work featuring angels, Gilmour has had her work exhibited in several venues and galleries, including Arundel Castle, Mall Galleries, London, and the Embassy of Germany in London. Apart from being an artist, Gilmour also teaches art and Mental Color Healing, a form of esoteric healing.   

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Lynda Benglis
(Painter)
Lynda Benglis
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Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lake Charles
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Chris Ofili
(Painter, Sculptor, Artist, Visual artist)
Chris Ofili
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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.

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Elizabeth Catlett
(Best known for her depictions of the Black-American experience in the 20th century)
Elizabeth Catlett
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Birthdate: April 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 2, 2012
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Luis Jiménez
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Birthdate: July 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: June 13, 2006

Luis Jiménez was an American sculptor best remembered for depicting Hispanic-American themes through his works, which have been exhibited at the Denver International Airport as well as the Smithsonian. In addition to being a sculptor, Jiménez has also taught art at institutions like the University of Houston and the University of Arizona.

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Dorothea Tanning
(American Surrealist Artist)
Dorothea Tanning
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Birthdate: August 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Died: January 31, 2012

Remembered for her surrealist paintings, sculptor and painter Dorothea Margaret Tanning seemed to have recreated her visions and dreams through her art. Most of her works showcase unreal situations, with motifs such as gigantic flowers and doors. Her iconic installation Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 showcases her sculpting skills.

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Michael Craig-Martin
(Sculptor, Painter, University teacher)
Michael Craig-Martin
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Birthdate: August 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin
Irish-born conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin has created everything from sculptures and paintings to neon artwork and wall drawings. His best-known work was An Oak Tree, which consisted of a glass of water and piece of text. A fine art professor, he is also a mentor to the Young British Artists.
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Lorenzo Quinn
(Sculptor)
Lorenzo Quinn
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Birthdate: May 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Lorenzo Quinn is an Italian sculptor whose works can be seen in places like the UK and Spain. Apart from being a sculptor, Quinn also works with charity organizations and donates his sculptures to charitable causes. He is also credited with designing MOTO GP championships' Ride The World trophy. A multi-talented personality, Quinn also co-owns a restaurant named Galeria Gastronomica.

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Kerry James Marshall
(American Artist and Professor, Known for His Paintings of Black Figures)
Kerry James Marshall
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Birthdate: October 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Kerry James Marshall is an American professor and artist renowned for his artworks and paintings of Black figures. His work has inspired and influenced contemporary artists like Hank Willis Thomas. In 2017, he was mentioned in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people. Marshall has also taught at prestigious institutions like the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC).

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Ruth Asawa
(American Modernist Sculptor Known for Her Abstract Wire Sculptures)
Ruth Asawa
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Birthdate: January 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norwalk, California, United States
Died: August 5, 2013

Ruth Asawa was an American sculptor best remembered for her wire sculptures, some of which are preserved in the tower of the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, California. An arts education advocate, Asawa played an important role in the establishment of the San Francisco School of the Arts.

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

Bruce Nauman is an American artist whose work involves sculpting, printmaking, drawing, and photography. In 1993, he was honored with the Wolf Prize for his contribution to 20th-century art and his work as a sculptor. He has also received other prestigious awards like the Wexner Prize. In 2004, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people.

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

Cécilia Rodhe is a Swedish sculptor and former model who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She achieved popularity in 1978 when she won the Miss Sweden pageant. She went on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant the same year where she finished fifth.

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Sean Scully
(Painter)
Sean Scully
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Birthdate: June 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Best known for his abstract paintings composed of geometrical forms, Irish-born British artist Sean Scully is now based in the US. He worked as a laborer and a truck loader while he trained in art. A former Harvard fellow, he later became the first Western artist to with a career-tracking retrospective in China.

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

Carl Andre is an American artist best known for his association with Minimalism. Renowned for his grid format and ordered linear sculptures, Andre has exhibited his work in several museums and sculpture gardens, including the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands.

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Marc Quinn
(Artist, Sculptor)
Marc Quinn
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Birthdate: January 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

Marc Quinn is a British visual artist best known for his works that incorporate installation, painting, and sculpting. Quinn is best known for producing works that explore the nature of humans in today's world through subjects like genetics, environment, human body, identity, and the media. An internationally celebrated artist, Quinn has received several prestigious awards so far in his career.

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Chris Burden
(American Artist Who Became Known in the 1970s for His Performance Art Works)
Chris Burden
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Birthdate: April 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 10, 2015
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Sarah Sze
(Sculptor)
Sarah Sze
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, US

Sarah Sze is an American contemporary artist best known for her installation works and sculptures. She uses everyday materials to explore the role of technology in contemporary life for which she has received several awards like the Louise Blouin Foundation Award and Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Apart from being an artist, Sarah also works as a professor at Columbia University.