Aquarius Artists & Painters

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Jackson Pollock
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Birthdate: January 28, 1912
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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Édouard Manet
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Birthdate: January 23, 1832
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 30, 1883

Édouard Manet was a French painter who played a key role in the transition to Impressionism from Realism in the 19th-century. Manet was one of the first artists from his generation to paint modern life. His early masterworks, such as Olympia, served as rallying points for young and aspiring impressionist painters. His works continue to influence painters around the world.

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Grant Wood
(Former painter particularly well known for American Gothic (1930), which has become an iconic example of early 20th-century American art)

Grant Wood
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Birthdate: February 13, 1891
Birthplace: Anamosa, Iowa, United States
Died: February 12, 1942
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Jeff Koons
(Sculptor, Painter)

Jeff Koons
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Birthdate: January 21, 1955
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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Kim Novak
(Actress)

Kim Novak
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Birthdate: February 13, 1933
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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Teller
(Magician and illusionist)

Teller
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Birthdate: February 14, 1948
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Norman Rockwell
(Painter & Illustrator)

Norman Rockwell
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Birthdate: February 3, 1894
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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.

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Franz Marc
(Painter)

Franz Marc
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Birthdate: February 8, 1880
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: March 4, 1916

Best known as one of the founders of the German Expressionist group The Blue Rider, German painter Franz Marc mostly depicted animals through his works. The Tower of Blue Horses and Yellow Cow are two of his notable works. Children and the mentally disabled also appeared as his subjects.

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John Ruskin
(Art Critic and Painter)

John Ruskin
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Birthdate: February 8, 1819
Birthplace: England
Died: January 20, 1900

The leading English art critic of the Victorian era, John Ruskin was a hugely influential figure in the latter half of the 19th century. Also a philosopher and prominent social thinker, he wrote on varied subjects like geology, architecture, education, botany, myth, ornithology, literature, and political economy. He founded the charitable trust Guild of St George.

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H. R. Giger
(Painter)

H. R. Giger
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Birthdate: February 5, 1940
Birthplace: Chur
Died: May 12, 2014

H. R. Giger was a Swiss artist remembered for his airbrushed images of machines and humans intertwined in cold biomechanical relationships. He is also remembered for his work as part of the special effects team that worked in Ridley Scott's 1979 science fiction horror film Alien, for which the team won an Academy Award

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Fernand Léger
(Painter, Sculptor)

Fernand Léger
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Birthdate: February 4, 1881
Birthplace: Argentan, France
Died: August 17, 1955

Fernand Léger was a French sculptor, painter, and filmmaker. Widely regarded as the forerunner of pop art, Léger was also active as a teacher for several years. He is also credited with establishing his own Académie Fernand Léger, where he taught for many years. Many of his pupils went on to establish themselves as successful artists.

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Yoko Ono
(Artist and Musician Who Was an Influential Practitioner of Conceptual & Performance Art)

Yoko Ono
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Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

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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
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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Heart Evangelista
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Birthdate: February 14, 1985
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Heart Evangelista is a Filipina actress, TV host, singer, philanthropist, and socialite. She began working as a model and actress while still in her teens. As a young woman, she continued acting while also establishing herself as a painter. She launched the foundation 'Heart Can' to help children with special needs. She is married to politician Francis Escudero.

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Victor Buono
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Birthdate: February 3, 1938
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA
Died: January 1, 1982

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Nas Daily
(Video blogger)

Nas Daily
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Birthdate: February 9, 1992
Birthplace: Arraba, Israel Arraba, Israel

Israeli-Arab travel vlogger Nuseir Yassin, better known to netizens as Nas Daily, has gained global fame with his 1000 daily one-minute Facebook and YouTube videos. His vlogs cover everything from luxury resorts to villages. He has also launched NAS Academy to train upcoming vloggers and video creators.

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Vivian Maier
(Photographer)

Vivian Maier
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Birthdate: February 1, 1926
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.

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Frank Frazetta
(Renowned Illustrator of the 20th Century Popularly Known as the 'Godfather of Fantasy Art')

Frank Frazetta
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Birthdate: February 9, 1928
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 10, 2010

Frank Frazetta was an American science fiction and fantasy artist remembered for his work on comic books, LP record album covers, paperback book covers, posters, and paintings among other media. Nicknamed the Godfather of fantasy art, Frazetta is also considered one of the 20th century's best-known illustrators. He was honored at the World Fantasy Convention with a Life Achievement Award. 

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Allan Melvin
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Birthdate: February 18, 1923
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Died: January 17, 2008

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Miranda July
(Actress)

Miranda July
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Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Birthplace: Barre (town), Vermont Barre, Vermont, U.S.

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Virginia Admiral
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Birthdate: February 4, 1915
Birthplace: Oregon
Died: July 20, 2000

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Gerhard Richter
(Top-selling photo-painter and abstract artist whose best-known works included "Atlas" and "Baader-Meinhof.")

Gerhard Richter
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Birthdate: February 9, 1932
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany

German visual artist Gerhard Richter started out as a Social Realist painter and was later exposed to avant-garde art. He mastered the art of painting scenes collected from newspapers and magazines, including terrorists and serial killer victims. He later also worked on stained-glass design and abstract art.

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Thomas Cole
(Painter)

Thomas Cole
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Birthdate: February 1, 1801
Birthplace: Bolton, Lancashire, England
Died: February 11, 1848

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Derek Jarman
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Diarist, Painter, Costume designer, LGBT rights activist)

Derek Jarman
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Birthdate: January 31, 1942
Birthplace: Northwood
Died: February 19, 1994

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E. T. A. Hoffmann
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Birthdate: January 24, 1776
Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany
Died: June 25, 1822

E. T. A. Hoffmann was a German author, jurist, artist, composer, and music critic. His stories served as an inspiration and laid the foundation for The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach. The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is also based on Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Hoffmann is among the most influential authors of the Romantic Movement.

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Alex Ross
(Comics artist, Illustrator, Painter)

Alex Ross
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Birthdate: January 22, 1970
Birthplace: Portland

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Louis Comfort Tiffany
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Birthdate: February 18, 1848
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 17, 1933

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Leon Battista Alberti
(Architect and Principal Initiator of Renaissance Art Theory)

Leon Battista Alberti
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Birthdate: February 14, 1404
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: April 25, 1472
Born into an affluent banker family of Florence, Leon Battista Alberti was rumored to be an illegitimate son of his father and a Bolognese widow. The ideal Renaissance man, he later applied mathematical precision to his paintings and architectural work. His written work on art remains invaluable.
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Paula Modersohn-Becker
(Painter and one of the most important representatives of early expressionism)

Paula Modersohn-Becker
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Birthdate: February 8, 1876
Birthplace: Friedrichstadt, Dresden, Germany
Died: November 21, 1907

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Claes Oldenburg
(Artist, Sculptor, Painter, Graphic artist)

Claes Oldenburg
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Birthdate: January 28, 1929
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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Amrita Shergil
(Greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century)

Amrita Shergil
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Birthdate: January 30, 1913
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 5, 1941

Amrita Sher-Gil was a Hungarian-Indian painter best remembered as a pioneer of modern Indian art. Widely regarded as one of the early-20th century's greatest avant-garde women artists, Sher-Gil's work has influenced several Indian artists like Arpita Singh and Sayed Haider Raza. Her life and career inspired the 1969 documentary film Amrita Sher-Gil which was directed by Bhagwan Das Garga.

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Sebastião Salgado
(Photojournalist, Painter, Journalist)

Sebastião Salgado
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Birthdate: February 8, 1944
Birthplace: Aimorés

Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian photojournalist and social documentary photographer. His photographic projects, which have appeared in numerous books and press publications, have taken him to over 120 countries. Sebastião Salgado is a recipient of several prestigious honors and awards such as the Oskar Barnack Award and Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal.

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Sandro Kopp
(Visual Artist)

Sandro Kopp
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Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Birthplace: Heildelberg

German/New Zealand visual artist Sandro Kopp is based in Scotland and explores “mediated presence.” His work merges new-age digital elements with classical painting. He is also known as the boyfriend of Academy Award-winning actor Tilda Swinton. His works have been exhibited all across the globe, including France and Italy.

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Barnett Newman
(Painter, Sculptor, Visual artist, Architect)

Barnett Newman
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Birthdate: January 29, 1905
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 4, 1970

Barnett Newman was an American artist widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in abstract expressionism. Although his work was unappreciated for much of his life, it served as a major influence on several younger artists like Bob Law, Frank Stella, and Donald Judd.

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Peter Beard
(Former Photographer, diarist whose photographs of Africa, African animals and the journals that often integrated his photographs, have been widely shown and published since the 1960s)

Peter Beard
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Birthdate: January 22, 1938
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 19, 2020

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Holly Johnson
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Birthdate: February 9, 1960
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Apart from being a successful new wave musician, as part of Big in Japan and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Holly Johnson is also a talented painter, who has held exhibitions at venues such as Tate Liverpool. He also penned a memoir, after being diagnosed with HIV in the early 1990s.

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Henry Fuseli
(Former painter known for Painting, draughtsmanship)

Henry Fuseli
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Birthdate: February 7, 1741
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: April 17, 1825

Swiss artist Henry Fuseli is remembered for the drama and sensuality showcased in his paintings. Though born to a landscape and portrait painter, he was initially taught theology. After leaving the country due to political risks, he made it to Britain and Italy. He later contributed to the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery.

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Bal Thackeray
(Politician, Journalist, Painter)

Bal Thackeray
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Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: November 17, 2012

Legendary Indian politician Bal Thackeray, or Balasaheb Thackeray, was the patriarch of one of the most influential political families of India and the founder of the Shiv Sena. He went from being a cartoonist to the godfather of Maharashtra, though his overtly regional and Hindu nationalist ideals were often criticized.

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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
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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Bill Finger
(Comic Book Writer & Co-creator of the DC Comic Superhero 'Batman')

Bill Finger
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Birthdate: February 8, 1914
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: January 18, 1974

Bill Finger was an American film, TV, comic book, and comic strip writer. Although he had co-created the popular superhero character Batman along with Bob Kane, Finger's work was uncredited until 2015. As a result, Finger died in poverty and obscurity. He was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.

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Max Beckmann
(Former German artist associated with both the Expressionism and New Objectivity movements)

Max Beckmann
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Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: December 27, 1950

Max Beckmann was a German painter, sculptor, draftsman, printmaker, and writer. Even though scholars classify him as an Expressionist artist, he personally never identified as one. He became involved with the New Objectivity movement in the 1920s. He taught at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University in his last years.

Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark
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Birthdate: January 22, 1872
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: February 8, 1938

Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark was the son of Queen Olga and George I of Greece. A talented painter, Nicholas was nicknamed Greek Nicky within the royal family to tell him apart from his cousin Nicholas II. In 1896, Prince Nicholas helped organize the Summer Olympics. He was godfather to George Simitis' son and future Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.

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Lauren Tsai
(Actress, Model)

Lauren Tsai
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Birthdate: February 11, 1998
Birthplace: Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States

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Robert Motherwell
(Abstract Painter)

Robert Motherwell
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Birthdate: January 24, 1915
Birthplace: Aberdeen
Died: July 16, 1991

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Anders Zorn
(Painter)

Anders Zorn
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Birthdate: February 18, 1860
Birthplace: Mora, Sweden
Died: August 22, 1920

Anders Zorn was a Swedish artist who achieved international success as an etcher, sculptor, and painter. One of Sweden's most important artists, Zorn's paintings currently adorn the National Museum of Fine Arts which is located in Stockholm. Apart from creating brilliant works of art, Zorn is also credited with establishing the Bellman Prize, which is a literature prize awarded yearly.

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

Wolfgang Beltracchi
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Birthdate: February 4, 1951
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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Joan Mitchell
(Painter)

Joan Mitchell
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Birthdate: February 12, 1925
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: October 30, 1992

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Francis Picabia
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Birthdate: January 22, 1879
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 30, 1953

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Paula Rego
(Visual artist)

Paula Rego
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Birthdate: January 26, 1935
Birthplace: Portugal

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Bruce Timm
(Artist)

Bruce Timm
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Birthdate: February 5, 1961
Birthplace: Oklahoma, United States