Famous American Abstract Painters

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Jackson Pollock
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Birthdate: January 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cody, Wyoming, United States
Died: August 11, 1956
Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock pioneered the drip technique or action painting, which involved moving his whole body to paint on a horizontal surface. Unfortunately, he struggled with alcoholism and died in a car accident, while drunk driving. He inspired a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography and the 2000 film Pollock.
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Mark Rothko
(Painter)
Mark Rothko
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Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Latvia
Died: February 25, 1970

Considered part of the New York school of painters of the 1940s, Mark Rothko was best known for his signature color field paintings, consisting of vertically set rectangular patches of color. A significant figure of the Abstract Expressionist movement, he also experimented with murals and mythological themes.

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Robert De Niro Sr.
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Birthdate: May 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Died: May 3, 1993
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Roy Lichtenstein
(Painter, Sculptor)
Roy Lichtenstein
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Birthdate: October 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died: September 29, 1997
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Henry Darger
(Writer)
Henry Darger
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Birthdate: April 12, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: April 13, 1973
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Lee Krasner
(Artist)
Lee Krasner
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Birthdate: October 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 19, 1984
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Willem de Kooning
(Abstract expressionist artist)
Willem de Kooning
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Birthdate: April 24, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 19, 1997
Willem de Kooning was a Dutch-American artist and one of the most famous practitioners of abstract expressionism of his generation. One of the 20th century's best-known artists, de Kooning is noted for paintings, such as Woman III (1953) and Interchange (1955). Many of his paintings have been sold for record prices.
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Arshile Gorky
(Abstract Painter)
Arshile Gorky
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Birthdate: April 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khorgom, Vilayet of Van, Ottoman Empire
Died: July 21, 1948
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Robert Motherwell
(Abstract Painter)
Robert Motherwell
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Birthdate: January 24, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen
Died: July 16, 1991
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Franz Kline
(Abstract Expressionist Artist)
Franz Kline
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Birthdate: May 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 13, 1962
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Josef Albers
(Former Abstract artist known for his work as an abstract painter and a theorist)
Josef Albers
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Birthdate: March 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bottrop, Germany
Died: March 25, 1976
German-born painter, artist, and art teacher Josef Albers initially experimented with colored-glass art, furniture design, and metal art, and later pioneered innovative styles of art such as Color Field painting and Op art. His best-known work, Homage to the Square, consists of a series of superimposed squares.
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Elaine de Kooning
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Birthdate: March 12, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S
Died: February 1, 1989
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Hans Hofmann
(Painter, renowned as both an artist and teacher)
Hans Hofmann
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Birthdate: March 21, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Weissenburg in Bayern, Germany
Died: February 17, 1966

Mostly hailed as an influential art teacher, Hans Hofmann was also a great artist and a pioneer in the use of improvisatory techniques. Born in Germany, he migrated to USA after Nazis came to power. There he opened his own school and moving away from Expressionistic landscapes developed totally an abstract manner, paving the way for Abstract Expressionism.

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Carmen Herrera
(American Abstract Painter, Minimalist Visual Artist and Painter)
Carmen Herrera
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Birthdate: May 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: February 12, 2022

Born to journalist parents, who were both part of the Cuban intellectual sphere, Carmen Herrera received elite art education in Paris. The political unrest in Cuba forced her to leave her architecture studies incomplete and move to the U.S. She later established herself as a master painter of abstract art.

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Larry Rivers
(Artist)
Larry Rivers
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Birthdate: August 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: August 14, 2002
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Kenneth Noland
(Abstract Painter)
Kenneth Noland
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Birthdate: April 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
Died: January 5, 2010
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Adolph Gottlieb
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Birthdate: March 14, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York United States
Died: March 4, 1974
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Ray Eames
(Artist)
Ray Eames
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Birthdate: December 15, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: August 12, 1988
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Grace Hartigan
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Birthdate: March 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 15, 2008
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Mark Tobey
(Artist)
Mark Tobey
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Birthdate: December 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Centerville, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 24, 1976
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Arthur Dove
(Artist)
Arthur Dove
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Birthdate: August 2, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States
Died: November 23, 1946
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Paul Jenkins
(Painter)
Paul Jenkins
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Birthdate: July 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: June 9, 2012
Stanton Macdonald-Wright
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Birthdate: July 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Died: August 22, 1973
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Jane Freilicher
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Birthdate: November 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: December 9, 2014
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I. Rice Pereira
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Birthdate: August 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 11, 1971
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Jack Tworkov
(Painter)
Jack Tworkov
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Birthdate: August 15, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Biala Podlaska, Poland
Died: September 4, 1982
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Conrad Marca-Relli
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Birthdate: June 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 29, 2000
Robert Arthur Goodnough
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Birthdate: October 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cortland, New York, United States
Died: October 2, 2010
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Ethel Schwabacher
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Birthdate: May 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 25, 1984