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Leonardo da Vinci
(Italian Polymath & Artist Known for His Paintings: ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘The Last Supper’ and ‘Virgin of the Rocks’)
Leonardo da Vinci
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Birthdate: April 15, 1452
Birthplace: Anchiano, Italy
Died: May 2, 1519

Widely regarded as one of the greatest painters ever, Leonardo da Vinci was an extremely talented polymath. While his work The Mona Lisa became the most famous portrait, his drawing The Vitruvian Man became a cultural icon. A man well ahead of his time, Leonardo is also known for his notes on science and invention.

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Vincent van Gogh
(One of the Most Famous and Influential Artists of All Time)
Vincent van Gogh
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Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter and is said to be one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. However, he was not commercially successful in his lifetime and died by suicide at 37 after years of mental health issues and poverty. He gained recognition and respect in the 20th century.

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Francisco Goya
(Painters)
Francisco Goya
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Birthdate: March 30, 1746
Birthplace: Fuendetodos
Died: April 16, 1828
One of the most successful and distinguished artists of his time, Spanish painter Francisco Goya is regarded as both the first of the moderns and last of the Old Masters. His career was initially marked by Rococo style tapestry cartoons and Spanish aristocracy and royalty but later his works became pessimistic.
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Max Ernst
(Primary Pioneer of the 'Dada Movement' and 'Surrealism' Known for His Work 'A Week of Kindness')
Max Ernst
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Birthdate: April 2, 1891
Birthplace: Brühl, Germany
Died: April 1, 1976

Max Ernst was a German painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and poet. A pioneer of the Dada movement, Ernst played an important role in popularizing surrealism during the early-20th century. He is also credited with inventing a couple of techniques, namely frottage and grattage. In 2005, the Max Ernst Museum was opened in his honor in Brühl, Germany.

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Yayoi Kusama
(Contemporary Artist)
Yayoi Kusama
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Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Birthplace: Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is known for her variety of artforms, including sculpture, installations, paintings, and fashion. She mingles elements such as feminism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism, and expresses her struggle with mental illness through her art. She has also published books and produced an award-winning film. 
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Akira Toriyama
(Japanese Manga Artist)
Akira Toriyama
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Birthdate: April 5, 1955
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Akira Toriyama is a Japanese character designer and manga artist. The creator of one of the most popular manga series of all time, Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama is widely considered one of the most influential artists to have changed the history of manga; his creation Dragon Ball is often cited as a source of inspiration by several manga artists.

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Tom Franco
(American Artist, Actor and Founder of the ‘Firehouse Art Collective’)
Tom Franco
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Birthdate: April 14, 1980
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States

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.

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Raphael
(Painter and Architect of the High Renaissance)
Raphael
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Birthdate: April 6, 1483
Birthplace: Urbino, Italy
Died: April 6, 1520

Italian painter and architect Raphael, along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, formed the great trio who ushered in the High Renaissance. He is mostly known for his frescoes of the Vatican Palace and The School of Athens. He also designed the Chigi Chapel, among other structures in Rome.

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Arshile Gorky
(A Leading American Painter of 20th Century and a Founding Father of Abstract Expressionism)
Arshile Gorky
3
Birthdate: April 15, 1904
Birthplace: Khorgom, Vilayet of Van, Ottoman Empire
Died: July 21, 1948
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Ric Ocasek
(Singer)
Ric Ocasek
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Birthdate: March 23, 1944
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Fernando Botero
(Painter, Sculptor, Artist)
Fernando Botero
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Birthdate: April 19, 1932
Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia
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James Ensor
(Painter)
James Ensor
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Birthdate: April 13, 1860
Birthplace: Ostend, Belgium
Died: November 19, 1949

Painter and printmaker James Ensor spent most of his life in the North Sea fishing port of Ostend, away from hustle-bustle of big cities. Yet, he left a significant influence on every aspect of the modernist movement; from symbolism and expressionism to dada and surrealism; also a signature style that involved radical distortion of form, muddled surface and riotous color.  

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Gustave Moreau
(French Symbolist Painter Known for His Erotic Paintings of Mythological and Religious Subjects)
Gustave Moreau
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Birthdate: April 6, 1826
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 18, 1898

French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau is best remembered for his erotic paintings of mythological and religious figures. His works were deeply influenced by Théodore Chassériau, his teacher, and later by the Italian Renaissance. The Apparition and Jupiter and Sémélé remain two of his best-known works.

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Frieda Hughes
(Painter, Poet)
Frieda Hughes
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Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Birthplace: London, England
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Henry Darger
(Novelist, Artist, and Writer)
Henry Darger
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Birthdate: April 12, 1892
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: April 13, 1973
Henry Darger was an American novelist, artist, and writer. He achieved posthumous fame when a 15,145-page fantasy novel of his was discovered after his death. Along with the novel, watercolor illustrations and several hundred drawings for the story was discovered. Henry Darger's artwork is now considered a fine example of outsider art.
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Leonora Carrington
(Mexican Surrealist Painter and Novelist)
Leonora Carrington
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Birthdate: April 6, 1917
Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, England
Died: May 25, 2011

Leonora Carrington was a Mexican artist, novelist, and surrealist painter. During the 1970s, Carrington played an important role in Mexico's women's liberation movement as she was one of the founding members of the movement. Carrington, who was fascinated by symbolism and myth, studied alchemy, Popol Vuh, post-classic Mayan mystical writings, and the kabbalah.

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Anthony van Dyck
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Birthdate: March 22, 1599
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: December 9, 1641

Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish Baroque artist who started painting at an early age before going on to become the leading court painter in England. Although he is best remembered for painting the aristocracy, van Dyck also painted biblical and mythological subjects. In 1632, Anthony van Dyck received a knighthood from Charles I.

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Chris Barrie
(Actor and Impressionist Known for His Notable Performance in a Television Cartoon Show 'Spitting Image')
Chris Barrie
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Birthdate: March 28, 1960
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

Born to an armyman father, Chris Barrie worked as a grave filler after dropping out of college. He then got a break on a TV show. Best known for his portrayal of Arnold Rimmer in the series Red Dwarf, he also gained fame with the BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire.

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Joe Alaskey
(Comedian)
Joe Alaskey
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Birthdate: April 17, 1952
Birthplace: Troy, New York, United States
Died: February 3, 2016
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William Alexander
(Former painter known for hosting The Magic of Oil Painting Teaching television painter Bob Ross)
William Alexander
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Birthdate: April 2, 1915
Birthplace: East Prussia
Died: January 24, 1997

William Alexander was a German painter, television host, and art instructor. He is credited with creating the popular television series, The Magic of Oil Painting, which he hosted from 1974 to 1982 on PBS in the USA. Bill Alexander is also credited with teaching Bob Ross his signature wet-on-wet technique.

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Yoshitaka Amano
(Character designer, Sculptor, Illustrator, Artist, Blogger, Animator, Painter)
Yoshitaka Amano
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Birthdate: March 26, 1952
Birthplace: Shizuoka

Japanese visual artist and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano is a renowned name in the animation industry. Apart from creating iconic characters such as Gatchaman, he has also illustrated for the video game series Final Fantasy. The Inkpot Award winner has also worked for two Vampire Hunter D movies.

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Ami James
(Tattoo artist)
Ami James
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Birthdate: April 6, 1972
Birthplace: Israel

Born in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, then part of Israel, Ami James began illustrating at age 6, perhaps to compensate for the absence of his artist father, who had abandoned the family. Mentored by tattooist Lou Sciberras, he now owns several tattoo studios and the online tattoo community Tattoodo.

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Thomas Hart Benton
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Birthdate: April 15, 1889
Birthplace: Missouri
Died: January 19, 1975
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Jean-Honore Fragonard
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Birthdate: April 5, 1732
Birthplace: Grasse, France
Died: August 22, 1806
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Geneviève Castrée
(Canadian Cartoonist)
Geneviève Castrée
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Birthdate: April 9, 1981
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.

Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1755
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 30, 1842
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Peter Greenaway
(Theatre director, Film director, Writer, Experimental artist, Screenwriter, Painter, Film editor, Actor, Cinematographer, Television director)
Peter Greenaway
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Birthdate: April 5, 1942
Birthplace: Newport
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Glen Keane
(Animator)
Glen Keane
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Birthdate: April 13, 1954
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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J. C. Leyendecker
(Illustrator, Painter, Artist)
J. C. Leyendecker
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Birthdate: March 23, 1874
Birthplace: Montabaur
Died: July 26, 1951
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Juan Gris
(Spanish Cubist Painter)
Juan Gris
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Birthdate: March 23, 1887
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: May 11, 1927

Juan Gris was a Spanish painter whose paintings are counted among the Cubism movement's most distinctive works. Gris's works and style influenced the Purist style of Charles Edouard Jeanneret and Amédée Ozenfant. Some of his paintings, such as Still Life with Checked Tablecloth and The musician's Table, have sold for millions of dollars at the auction.

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Carl Barks
(Screenwriter, Writer, Painter, Farmer, Journalist)
Carl Barks
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Birthdate: March 27, 1901
Birthplace: Merrill
Died: August 25, 2000
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Robert Delaunay
3
Birthdate: April 12, 1885
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 25, 1941
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Victor Vasarely
(Artist, who was known as the grandfather of the short-lived op art movement in the 1930s)
Victor Vasarely
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Birthdate: April 9, 1906
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary
Died: March 15, 1997

Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely pioneered the Op Art movement, using geometric angles and depth in works such as Vega-Nor. He initially worked as a graphic artist in advertising agencies and then created masterpieces influenced by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. His work Zebra remains one of his best-known pieces.

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Matthew Barney
(Contemporary Artist Best Known for His Avant-Garde Film Series)
Matthew Barney
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Birthdate: March 25, 1967
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Matthew Barney is an American film director and contemporary artist best known for his work in the fields of film, sculpture, drawing, and photography. Barney's works explore connections between biology, geography, mythology, and geology. Over the course of his career, Matthew Barney has won several awards like the Hugo Boss Prize and James D. Phelan Art Award.

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Erika Cosby
(Painter)
Erika Cosby
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Birthdate: April 8, 1965
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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William Holman Hunt
(Painter, Artist)
William Holman Hunt
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Birthdate: April 2, 1827
Birthplace: Cheapside
Died: September 7, 1910
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Agnes Martin
(Painter)
Agnes Martin
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Birthdate: March 22, 1912
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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Gutzon Borglum
(American Sculptor Best Known for His Colossal Mount Rushmore Sculpture of the Faces of Four U.S. Presidents)
Gutzon Borglum
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Birthdate: March 25, 1867
Birthplace: Saint Charles, Idaho, United States
Died: March 6, 1941

Gutzon Borglum was an American sculptor remembered for his work on Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Borglum is also associated with other important public works of art like Georgia's Stone Mountain and a bust of Abraham Lincoln, which is currently preserved in the US Capitol crypt.

John William Waterhouse
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Birthdate: April 6, 1849
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: February 10, 1917
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Dora Carrington
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Birthdate: March 29, 1893
Birthplace: Hereford
Died: March 11, 1932
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Elizabeth Catlett
(Best known for her depictions of the Black-American experience in the 20th century)
Elizabeth Catlett
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Birthdate: April 15, 1915
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 2, 2012
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Steve Dillon
(Comics artist)
Steve Dillon
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Birthdate: March 22, 1962
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 22, 2016
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti
(Officer, Poet, Writer, Publisher, Painter, Journalist)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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Birthdate: March 24, 1919
Birthplace: Yonkers
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Jeanne Hebuterne
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Birthdate: April 6, 1898
Birthplace: Meaux, Seine-et-Marne, French Third Republic
Died: January 26, 1920
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Charles Willson Peale
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Birthdate: April 15, 1741
Birthplace: Chester
Died: February 22, 1827
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Leigh Bowery
(Contemporary Artist & Fashion Designer Known for His Flamboyant & Outlandish Costumes & Makeup)
Leigh Bowery
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Birthdate: March 26, 1961
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: December 31, 1994
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Peter Doig
(Painter)
Peter Doig
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Birthdate: April 17, 1959
Birthplace: Edinburgh
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Charlotte Salomon
(Former Artist primarily remembered as the creator of an autobiographical series of paintings)
Charlotte Salomon
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Birthdate: April 16, 1917
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 10, 1943

German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon was killed along with her unborn child by the Nazis at Auschwitz when she was barely 26. Her haunting memoir, Life? or Theater?, provides a graphic portrayal of her life through innovative transparencies and signature images. Its subtitle, singspiel, signifies it was a light opera.

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Thomas Lawrence
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Birthdate: April 13, 1769
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: January 7, 1830
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Jamini Roy
(Indian painter)
Jamini Roy
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Birthdate: April 11, 1887
Birthplace: Bankura, West Bengal, India
Died: April 24, 1972

Padma Bhushan-winning artist Jamini Roy is remembered for introducing his own style of painting that mingled Western and Indian influences. Once a disciple of Rabindranath Tagore, he excelled in the Kalighat Pat style and depicted Bengali folk life through his works. He was declared as one of the ASI’s Nine Masters of Art.