Famous American Artists

America, the land of opportunities, has been the mecca of world power. Its nationals have made the country rank in the top spot in all the fields, be it science and technology or discovery and invention, leaders and revolutionaries or military and services, journalism and philosophy or activists and academicians. And in the field of art too, America ranks amongst the world leaders. Painting, sculpting, illustrating, photography, ceramics, assemblage painting, pottery - Americans have made their worth count in every form of art. Decade after decade, the country has given the world some of the world-class artists who have redefined the field of art through their exemplary work and talent. Historically, American artists have succeeded in installing a unique style or character into their work, thus changing the panorama of the world of art completely. The overwhelming beauty of their canvases has left a lasting imprint on the minds of millions of people around the globe. What’s more, their exquisite art has deeply influenced future generations of artists who have equivalently produced some of the world-class works. With this section, find out in details about the life and works of famous American artists. The magnificence and splendour of their works is sure to leave you spellbound!

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 1 Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler
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Famous As: Actor, Director, Model, Painter
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

American actor, Matthew Gray Gubler, is best known for playing the character of Dr Spencer Reid in the popular and acclaimed television series Criminal Minds. He has also acted in films like 500 Days of Summer, Suburban Gothic and How to Be a Serial Killer. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for his role in the television series, The Beauty Inside.

 2 Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 12, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist whose legacy has had an influence upon fashion, film, music, and literature. He serves as an inspiration to street artists as he started off as one, painting graffiti on buildings. After his death, at the age of 27, the value of his work has increased; in 2017, one of his paintings sold for a record $110.5 million.

 3 Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.

 4 Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 22, 1987

Andy Warhol was an artist and filmmaker who played a key role in the visual art movement. Thanks to his extensive body of work, he has been the subject of various films, books, and retrospective exhibitions. Described as the bellwether of the art market, some of Warhol's works are among the most expensive paintings ever sold.

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 5 Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt
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Famous As: Artist, Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt was an American fashion designer, actress, author, and socialite. As a child, she was subjected to a child custody trial, which the press named trial of the century due to its high-profile nature. As a designer, Vanderbilt is credited with developing and popularizing designer blue jeans. She also launched a line of household goods and perfumes.

 6 Swizz Beatz

Swizz Beatz
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Famous As: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Painter, Rapper, Singer, Businessperson, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 7 Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: August 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: November 26, 2018
Stephen Hillenburg is best known as the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, the fifth-longest-running animated series in the U.S, which earned him two Emmys and six Annie Awards. He was initially a marine biologist and an instructor at the Orange County Marine Institute. He died of ALS, a neurodegenerative disease.
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 8 Tom Franco

Tom Franco
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Tom Franco is an American artist and actor. He is credited with founding the Firehouse Art Collective, an art gallery in Berkeley, California. The younger brother of actor and filmmaker, James Franco, Tom Franco followed in the footsteps of his brother to become an actor before exploring his skills as an artist.

 9 Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 1986
Artist Georgia O'Keeffe enriched American modernism and precisionism with her artwork, mostly water color and charcoal paintings. She was the first female artist to have a retrospective at New York’s MOMA. Her paintings focused on the cityscapes and landscapes of New York and New Mexico, and abstract flowers.

 10 Susan Mikula

Susan Mikula
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Famous As: Photographer, Rachel Maddow’s Partner
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Nationality: American
Self-taught photographer Susan Mikula is known for using old Polaroids and pinhole cameras to create her masterpieces. She was an accountant earlier and has also worked for the U.S. consulate in Mexico. The LGBT icon is in a long-term relationship with her partner, journalist and TV personality Rachel Maddow.

 11 Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Gary Burghoff is an American actor who is credited with originating the popular role of Charlie Brown in the 1967 Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also known for originating the role of Walter Eugene O'Reilly in the 1970 black comedy war movie MASH and the popular TV series of the same name.

 12 Daniel Stern

Daniel Stern
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 13 Fred Gwynne

Fred Gwynne
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: July 2, 1993

 14 Leslie Stefanson

Leslie Stefanson
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Famous As: Actress, Model, Artist, Sculptor
Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 15 Margaret Keane

Margaret Keane
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 16 Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell
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Famous As: Painter & Illustrator
Birthdate: February 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 8, 1978

Painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell became famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post. He was associated with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for over six decades and produced covers for their publications and calendars. A prolific artist, he made more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime.

 17 Kari Byron

Kari Byron
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Famous As: Television presenter, Artist
Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 18 Charles M. Schulz

Charles M. Schulz
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Birthdate: November 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 12, 2000

Charles M. Schulz was an American cartoonist. He is credited with creating the popular comic strip, Peanuts, which featured world-renowned characters like Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Considered one of the most influential cartoonists ever, Schulz's works have influenced other cartoonists like Dav Pilkey, Matt Groening, and Jim Davis. In 1996, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 19 Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 25, 1970

 20 Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 16, 1971
Model/actor Edie Sedgwick was touted as the “It Girl” for her appearances in avant-garde filmmaker Andy Warhol’s short films of the 1960s. Vogue dubbed her a "Youthquaker." Some of her notable films were Poor Little Rich Girl and Beauty No. 2. She died of a drug overdose at 28.

 21 Larry D. Alexander

Larry D. Alexander
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 22 Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: October 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 29, 1997

 23 Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: July 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 24 Martin Mull

Martin Mull
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Actor/comedian Martin Mull soared to fame with the soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off, Fernwood 2 Night. He also delivered an Emmy-nominated performance in Veep and voiced a role in Danny Phantom. An avid painter, too, he has held various exhibitions and released a book of his paintings.

 25 Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 15, 1967

 26 Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: January 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 27 Heather McCartney

Heather McCartney
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 28 Cherie Currie

Cherie Currie
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Wood carver, Musician, Songwriter, Artist, Film producer, Television actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 29 Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 27, 1791
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 2, 1872

 30 Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 31 Heather Hunter

Heather Hunter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 32 Thomas McDonell

Thomas McDonell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 33 Steven Jay Russell

Steven Jay Russell
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Famous As: Prisoner
Birthdate: September 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 34 Robert Crumb

Robert Crumb
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: August 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 35 Robert De Niro Sr.

Robert De Niro Sr.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 3, 1993

 36 Pendleton Ward

Pendleton Ward
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Famous As: Television producer, Animator, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 37 Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell
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Famous As: tattoo artist
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Nationality: American

 38 Jasper Johns

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

 39 Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth
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Birthdate: July 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 2009

 40 Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara de Lempicka
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: March 18, 1980

 41 Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 42 Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin
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Famous As: Make-up artist, Photographer, Businessperson
Birthdate: February 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 7, 2002

 43 Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman
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Famous As: Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: January 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 44 Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 14, 1926

 45 Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: October 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 12, 2008

 46 Buck Taylor

Buck Taylor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 47 Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: July 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 11, 1976

 48 Rick Derringer

Rick Derringer
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Famous As: Singer, Artist, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 49 Chuck Close

Chuck Close
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 50 Maya Lin

Maya Lin
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: October 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American