American Female Artists & Painters

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Georgia O'Keeffe
(American Modernist Artist Known for Her Flowers and New York Skyscrapers Paintings)
Georgia O'Keeffe
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Birthdate: November 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
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.
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Grace Slick
(Retired Singer-Songwriter - Was A Key Figure in San Francisco's Early 'Psychedelic Music' Scene in the Mid-1960s)
Grace Slick
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Birthdate: October 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States

Grace Slick is a retired singer-songwriter. Slick played an important role in the psychedelic music scene that flourished in San Francisco during the mid-1960s. One of the earliest female rock stars, Slick played a key role in the development of rock music during the 1960s. She was named among the Greatest Women of Rock N Roll by VH1 in 1999.

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Kim Novak
(Actress Known for Her Hit Films: 'Vertigo', ‘Picnic’, ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’ and ‘Pal Joey’)
Kim Novak
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Birthdate: February 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Kim Novak is best known as Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. The two-time Golden Globe-winning actor also starred in movies such as The Mirror Crack'd and The Man with the Golden Arm, and the series Falcon Crest. She quit acting after an unpleasant experience while shooting for Liebestraum.
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Zelda Fitzgerald
(Socialite & Referred to as 'The first American Flapper' by Her Husband 'F. Scott Fitzgerald')
Zelda Fitzgerald
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Birthdate: July 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: March 10, 1948

Zelda Fitzgerald was a painter, socialite, and novelist. Along with her husband Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda became a prominent personality of the Jazz Age. Renowned for her high spirits and beauty, she was named the first American flapper by Scott. For her work as a novelist and painter, Fitzgerald was posthumously made an inductee to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.

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Lauren Lapkus
(Actress)
Lauren Lapkus
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Birthdate: September 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Margaret Keane
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Birthdate: September 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
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Melissa Villaseñor
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Birthdate: October 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Whittier, California, USA
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Edmonia Lewis
(First African-American and Native American Sculptor to Achieve International Prominence)
Edmonia Lewis
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Birthdate: July 4, 1844
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rensselaer County, New York, United States
Died: September 17, 1907

Edmonia Lewis was an American sculptor who worked in Rome for most of her career. The first African-American sculptor to gain international prominence, Lewis was also the only Black female artist to have participated and recognized by the American artistic mainstream until the end of the 19th century. Molefi Kete Asante included Lewis in his 100 Greatest African Americans list.

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Gloria Vanderbilt
(Artist and Fashion Designer Best Remembered for her Custody Battle)
Gloria Vanderbilt
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Birthdate: February 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: June 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.

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Heather McCartney
(Artist, Potter)
Heather McCartney
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Birthdate: December 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
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Kristin Nelson
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Birthdate: June 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Died: April 27, 2018
Kristin Nelson is remembered for her appearances in films such as The Resurrection of Broncho Billy. She was married to actor/musician Ricky Nelson but later got involved in a bitter custody battle involving their fourth son, Sam. A primitive painter, too, she had published an autobiography interspersed with her paintings. 
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Louise Bourgeois
(Artist Best Known for Her Large-Scale Sculpture and Installation Art)
Louise Bourgeois
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Birthdate: December 25, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 31, 2010

Louise Bourgeois was a French-American artist best remembered for her large-scale installation art and sculpture. Also a prolific printmaker and painter, Bourgeois explored a variety of themes, such as sexuality and death. In 1997, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2009, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Anne-Marie Johnson
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Birthdate: July 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Zeena Schreck
(Visual and musical artist)
Zeena Schreck
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Birthdate: November 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
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Mary Cassatt
(Painter)
Mary Cassatt
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Birthdate: May 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Allegheny
Died: June 14, 1926
Akiane Kramarik
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Birthdate: July 9, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mount Morris
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Lee Krasner
(American Abstract Expressionist Painter Who Specialized in Collage)
Lee Krasner
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Birthdate: October 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 19, 1984
Lee Krasner was an American abstract expressionist artist who specialized in collage. She is credited with influencing the artwork of her husband, Jackson Pollock. The Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective exhibition of Lee Krasner's work six months after her demise, making her one of the few female artists to have achieved such an honor.
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Grandma Moses
(Painter, Illustrator)
Grandma Moses
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Birthdate: September 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York
Died: December 13, 1961

Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, revolutionized American folk art with her iconic depictions of American rural life. After spending 15 years of her life working as a housekeeper, she deviated toward embroidery. A bout of arthritis made her switch to painting in her late 70s.

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Paige O'Hara
(Actress)
Paige O'Hara
4
Birthdate: May 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
 20 
Patrisse Cullors
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Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Miranda July
(Actress)
Miranda July
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Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barre (town), Vermont Barre, Vermont, U.S.
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Mary Pinchot Meyer
(Painter & Journalist)
Mary Pinchot Meyer
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Birthdate: October 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: October 12, 1964
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Diva Zappa
(Actress)
Diva Zappa
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Birthdate: July 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Allisyn Ashley Arm
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Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
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Lisa Hanawalt
(Cartoonists)
Lisa Hanawalt
4
Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
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Djuna Barnes
(Artist)
Djuna Barnes
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Birthdate: June 12, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Storm King Mountain, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1982
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Suze Rotolo
(Former artist known for Appearing on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
Suze Rotolo
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Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 2011
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Lisa Frank
(Businesswoman)
Lisa Frank
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Birthdate: April 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
 29 
Helen Frankenthaler
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Birthdate: December 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 27, 2011
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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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Tasya van Ree
(Painter and Photographer)
Tasya van Ree
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Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mililani, Hawaii, United States

Tasya van Ree is a popular American painter and photographer, known for her keen interests in visual presentation and mixed media. Also known for her distinctive sense of fashion, Tasya believes that people become what they wear. An openly gay celebrity, she serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community. She has dated personalities like Amber Heard and Caroline Vreeland.

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Sandra Knight
(Actress)
Sandra Knight
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Birthdate: January 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Geneviève Castrée
(Canadian Cartoonist)
Geneviève Castrée
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Birthdate: April 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Loretteville, Quebec
Died: July 9, 2016

Geneviève Castrée was a Canadian illustrator, cartoonist, and musician. She is best remembered for her book Susceptible, which earned her international success. A self-taught musician, Castrée went on to found her own music label in 2009 after releasing a couple of EPs. Geneviève Castrée died at the age of 35 due to pancreatic cancer.

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Ana Mendieta
(Performance artist, Artist, Painter, Visual artist)
Ana Mendieta
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Birthdate: November 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana
Died: September 8, 1985
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Jan Berenstain
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Birthdate: July 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 24, 2012
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Yelena Yemchuk
(Photographer)
Yelena Yemchuk
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Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Ariana Richards
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Birthdate: September 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Healdsburg, California, USA
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Niki de Saint Phalle
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Birthdate: October 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: May 21, 2002

Niki de Saint Phalle was a French-American painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. She gained prominence as a monumental sculptor as not many women were renowned for their skills as monumental sculptors. Also remembered for her social work, Niki was one of the earliest artists to spread awareness about AIDS through art. She also wrote extensively in English and French.

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Jill Gibson
(Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter)
Jill Gibson
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Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Judy Chicago
(American artist)
Judy Chicago
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Birthdate: July 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
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Beatrice Wood
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Birthdate: March 3, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: March 12, 1998

Beatrice Wood was an American studio potter and artist best remembered for her association with the Avant-Garde movement. Wood is credited with founding Rongwrong and The Blind Man magazines along with Henri-Pierre Roché and Marcel Duchamp. Beatrice Wood's autobiography inspired the creation of Rose DeWitt Bukater's character in the 1997 epic romance and disaster film Titanic

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Faith Ringgold
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Birthdate: October 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem
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Jeanne-Claude
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Birthdate: June 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
Died: November 18, 2009
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Heather Hunter
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Birthdate: October 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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Erika Cosby
(Painter)
Erika Cosby
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Birthdate: April 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Agnes Martin
(Painter)
Agnes Martin
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Birthdate: March 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Macklin
Died: December 16, 2004

Agnes Martin was an American painter whose style was often considered minimalism although she considered herself an abstract expressionist. Martin's work served as an inspiration to several younger artists like Ellen Gallagher and Eva Hesse. In 1998, Agnes Martin was honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts. Her life and career inspired documentaries like Agnes Martin: Between the Lines.

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Lauren Tsai
(Actress, Model)
Lauren Tsai
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Birthdate: February 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States
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Joan Mitchell
(Painter)
Joan Mitchell
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Birthdate: February 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: October 30, 1992
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Joan Mondale
(Art advocate)
Joan Mondale
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Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon
Died: February 3, 2014
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Greta Zimmer Friedman
(Dental assistant)
Greta Zimmer Friedman
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Birthdate: June 5, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Died: September 8, 2016