Famous Canadian Artists & Painters

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 1 Tom Thomson

Tom Thomson
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 5, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Claremont
Died: July 8, 1917

 2 Rick Genest

Rick Genest
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Châteauguay, Quebec, Canada
Died: August 1, 2018

Rick Genest was a Canadian artist, fashion model, actor, and musician. Best remembered for his tattoos, Genest held the Guinness World Record for having 139 human bones tattooed all over his body. He even took part in various freak shows and sideshows across Canada and was nicknamed Zombie Boy. He died after suffering an accidental fall from his apartment's balcony.

 3 Joe Shuster

Joe Shuster
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Famous As: Comic Book Artist
Birthdate: July 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 30, 1992
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 4 Emily Carr

Emily Carr
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Famous As: Painter, Autobiographer
Birthdate: December 13, 1871
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Victoria
Died: March 2, 1945

 5 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

 6 Bryan Lee O'Malley

Bryan Lee O'Malley
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: February 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada

 7 Agnes Martin

Agnes Martin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Macklin
Died: December 16, 2004
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 8 Ernest Thompson Seton

Ernest Thompson Seton
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 14, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Shields, United Kingdom
Died: October 23, 1946

 9 Lawren Harris

Lawren Harris
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 23, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brantford
Died: January 29, 1970

 10 Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: March 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenstone
Died: December 4, 2007

 11 Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall
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Famous As: Art historian, Photographer, Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver

 12 Brion Gysin

Brion Gysin
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Famous As: Painter, Writer
Birthdate: January 19, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taplow, England
Died: July 13, 1986

 13 Jean-Paul Riopelle

Jean-Paul Riopelle
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker
Birthdate: October 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: March 12, 2002

 14 A. Y. Jackson

A. Y. Jackson
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 3, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: April 5, 1974

 15 Toller Cranston

Toller Cranston
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Famous As: Figure Skater
Birthdate: April 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: January 24, 2015

 16 Hal Foster

Hal Foster
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
Died: July 25, 1982

 17 Franklin Carmichael

Franklin Carmichael
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 4, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orillia
Died: October 24, 1945

 18 Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves
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Famous As: painter, illustrator
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Toronto

 19 Kenojuak Ashevak

Kenojuak Ashevak
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 3, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ikerrasak camp, Nunavut, Canada
Died: January 8, 2013

 20 Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: May 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

 21 Alex Colville

Alex Colville
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: July 16, 2013

 22 A. J. Casson

A. J. Casson
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: February 20, 1992

 23 Frederick Varley

Frederick Varley
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 2, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield
Died: September 8, 1969

 24 Paul Kane

Paul Kane
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 3, 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mallow, Ireland
Died: February 20, 1871

 25 Joan Erikson

Joan Erikson
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Famous As: American psychologist
Birthdate: June 27, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gananoque, Canada
Died: August 3, 1997

 26 Miriam Schapiro

Miriam Schapiro
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: June 20, 2015

 27 Cornelius Krieghoff

Cornelius Krieghoff
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 19, 1815
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 5, 1872

 28 Ken Danby

Ken Danby
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 23, 2007

 29 Paul-Émile Borduas

Paul-Émile Borduas
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 1, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Canada
Died: February 22, 1960

 30 Joyce Wieland

Joyce Wieland
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: June 27, 1998

 31 Ernest Lawson

Ernest Lawson
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 22, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
Died: December 18, 1939

 32 James Archibald Houston

James Archibald Houston
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: April 17, 2005

 33 Claude Lafortune

Claude Lafortune
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: April 19, 2020

 34 James Reaney

James Reaney
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stratford, Canada
Died: June 11, 2008

James Reaney was a Canadian poet, playwright, and professor. He developed an early love for literature and theater and studied English at University College, University of Toronto. He pursued an academic career while also focusing on his writing. He was the recipient of Canada's highest literary award, the Governor General's Award, thrice. He also enjoyed drawing and painting. 

 35 Kazuo Nakamura

Kazuo Nakamura
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: April 9, 2002

 36 William Ronald

William Ronald
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stratford, Canada
Died: February 9, 1998

 37 Mimi Parent

Mimi Parent
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 14, 2005

 38 Paterson Ewen

Paterson Ewen
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 7, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: February 17, 2002

 39 Yves Gaucher

Yves Gaucher
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: September 8, 2000

 40 Marie-Denise Douyon

Marie-Denise Douyon
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 41 Wyatt Eaton

Wyatt Eaton
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philipsburg, Canada
Died: June 7, 1896

Canadian-American portrait and figure painter Wyatt Eaton was one of the founders and first secretary of the American Art Association, later the Society of American Artists. He also co-founded the Society of Canadian Artists in Montreal. Some of his notable works are portraits of William Cullen Bryant and Timothy Cole.

 42 Graham Coughtry

Graham Coughtry
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Lambert, Canada
Died: January 13, 1999

 43 Louis Muhlstock

Louis Muhlstock
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 23, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Narayiv, Ukraine
Died: August 26, 2001

 44 Gilles Carle

Gilles Carle
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Director
Birthdate: July 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada
Died: November 28, 2009

 45 Claudine Mercier

Claudine Mercier
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada

 46 Barbara Parkins

Barbara Parkins
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: May 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 47 Bill Mason

Bill Mason
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Famous As: Naturalist, Artist
Birthdate: 1929 AD
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: October 29, 1988

 48 Michael Snow

Michael Snow
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Famous As: Film director, Painter
Birthdate: December 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 49 Rajiv Surendra

Rajiv Surendra
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Famous As: Artist, Television actor
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 50 Domee Shi

Domee Shi
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Famous As: Director, StoryBoard Artist
Birthdate: September 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chongqing, China