American Female Artists & Painters

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 1 Grace Slick

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Famous As: Artist, Musician
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.

 2 Kim Novak

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Famous As: Actress
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.

 3 Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe
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Famous As: Painter
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.

 4 Kate Capshaw

Kate Capshaw
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Kate Capshaw, best known as Willie Scott from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, has also starred in projects such as Dreamscape, Black Rain, and The Love Letter. She converted to Judaism before her marriage to director Steven Spielberg. She made major contributions to Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

 5 Lauren Lapkus

Lauren Lapkus
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 6 Margaret Keane

Margaret Keane
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

 7 Melissa Villaseñor

Melissa Villaseñor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Whittier, California, USA
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 8 Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt
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Famous As: Artist and Fashion Designer Best Remembered for her Custody Battle
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.

 9 Heather McCartney

Heather McCartney
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Famous As: Artist, Potter
Birthdate: December 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

 10 Kristin Nelson

Kristin Nelson
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Famous As: Painter
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. 

 11 Anne-Marie Johnson

Anne-Marie Johnson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 12 Zeena Schreck

Zeena Schreck
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Famous As: Visual and musical artist
Birthdate: November 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 13 Mary Cassatt

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

 14 Louise Bourgeois

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Famous As: Artist
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.

 15 Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 16 Mary Pinchot Meyer

Mary Pinchot Meyer
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Famous As: Painter & Journalist
Birthdate: October 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: October 12, 1964

 17 Grandma Moses

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Famous As: Painter, Illustrator
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.

 18 Vivian Maier

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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 21, 2009

Vivian Maier was an American street photographer whose works received critical acclaim after her death. Maier's photographs were unpublished during her lifetime. However, her works went viral on the internet when it was published on Flickr five months after her death. Vivian Maier's life and work have inspired documentary films like Finding Vivian Maier.

 19 Akiane Kramarik

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Birthdate: July 9, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mount Morris

 20 Lee Krasner

Lee Krasner
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 19, 1984

 21 Paige O'Hara

Paige O'Hara
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

 22 Miranda July

Miranda July
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barre (town), Vermont Barre, Vermont, U.S.

 23 Diva Zappa

Diva Zappa
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 24 Allisyn Ashley Arm

Allisyn Ashley Arm
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States

 25 Suze Rotolo

Suze Rotolo
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Famous As: Former artist known for Appearing on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 2011

 26 Lisa Hanawalt

Lisa Hanawalt
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Famous As: Cartoonists
Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States

 27 Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 12, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Storm King Mountain, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1982

 28 Lisa Frank

Lisa Frank
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: April 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States

 29 Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 27, 2011

 30 Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle
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Famous As: Sculptors
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.

 31 Geneviève Castrée

Geneviève Castrée
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Famous As: Canadian Cartoonist
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.

 32 Jenny Holzer

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Famous As: Artist, Painter, Sculptor
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.

 33 Tasya van Ree

Tasya van Ree
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Famous As: Photographer
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.

 34 Jill Gibson

Jill Gibson
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Famous As: Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 35 Sandra Knight

Sandra Knight
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 36 Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta
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Famous As: Performance artist, Artist, Painter, Visual artist
Birthdate: November 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana
Died: September 8, 1985

 37 Jan Berenstain

Jan Berenstain
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 24, 2012

 38 Ariana Richards

Ariana Richards
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Healdsburg, California, USA

 39 Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago
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Famous As: American artist
Birthdate: July 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

 40 Beatrice Wood

Beatrice Wood
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Famous As: Artist
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

 41 Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem

 42 Chanel Miller

Chanel Miller
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Famous As: She was known anonymously after she was sexually assaulted on the campus
Birthdate: June 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States

 43 Erika Cosby

Erika Cosby
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 44 Yelena Yemchuk

Yelena Yemchuk
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

 45 Jeanne-Claude

Jeanne-Claude
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
Died: November 18, 2009

 46 Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin
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Famous As: Painter
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.

 47 Lauren Tsai

Lauren Tsai
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: February 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States

 48 Joan Mondale

Joan Mondale
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Famous As: Art advocate
Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon
Died: February 3, 2014

 49 Greta Zimmer Friedman

Greta Zimmer Friedman
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Famous As: Dental assistant
Birthdate: June 5, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Died: September 8, 2016

 50 Emma Ferrer

Emma Ferrer
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Famous As: Model, Artist
Birthdate: April 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morges, Switzerland