Contemporary Artists

The art that developed in the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century is called contemporary art. Contemporary art is characterized by the lack of a uniform ideology or organizing principle. Here is a list of some of the most famous contemporary artists of all time.

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 1 Yayoi Kusama

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Famous As: Contemporary Artist
Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese
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. 

 2 Ai Weiwei

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese
Named Art Review’s most powerful artist in 2011, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become a symbol of resilience against the authoritarian Chinese government. Jailed and banned from leaving the country once, he is known for using various media, such as sculpture, photos, and documentaries, to reflect Chinese human-rights abuses.
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 3 Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Chinese

 4 Betye Saar

Betye Saar
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 5 Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 6 David Salle

David Salle
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 7 Martin von Haselberg

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Argentinian

Martin von Haselberg is an actor, director, and writer who is best known for creating the performance art group known as the Kipper Kids with his long-time collaborator, Brian Routh. The young men started performing together in the 1970s and achieved cult status. They also made TV projects and created a series of large photographic images.

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 8 Dan Graham

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 9 Francis Alÿs

Francis Alÿs
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Belgian, Mexican

 10 Leon Golub

Leon Golub
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 23, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 8, 2004

 11 Roni Horn

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Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: September 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 12 Anjolie Ela Menon

Anjolie Ela Menon
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 13 Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Nationality: Chinese

 14 Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton
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Famous As: Visual artist
Birthdate: June 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 15 César Baldaccini

César Baldaccini
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: January 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: December 6, 1998

 16 Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera
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Famous As: Performance artist
Birthdate: July 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cuban

 17 Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1932 AD
Nationality: Australian
Died: June 21, 2002

 18 Lee Ufan

Lee Ufan
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean

 19 Wu Guanzhong

Wu Guanzhong
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese
Died: June 25, 2010

 20 George Brecht

George Brecht
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 5, 2008

 21 Thomas Demand

Thomas Demand
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Nationality: German

 22 Eduardo Kac

Eduardo Kac
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian, American

 23 Pietro Longhi

Pietro Longhi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 5, 1701
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 8, 1785

 24 Mimmo Rotella

Mimmo Rotella
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 7, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 8, 2006

 25 Danh Vo

Danh Vo
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Nationality: Danish, Vietnamese

 26 Russell Drysdale

Russell Drysdale
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 7, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian, British
Died: June 29, 1981

 27 Joos van Cleve

Joos van Cleve
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Nationality: German
Died: 1541 AD

 28 Al Held

Al Held
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 27, 2005

 29 Huang Yong Ping

Huang Yong Ping
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Chinese, French
Died: October 20, 2019

 30 Yto Barrada

Yto Barrada
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Nationality: French, Moroccan

 31 Cildo Meireles

Cildo Meireles
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Nationality: Brazilian

 32 Shusaku Arakawa

Shusaku Arakawa
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese, American
Died: May 18, 2010

 33 Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: July 19, 1995

 34 Emily Jacir

Emily Jacir
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Nationality: Palestinian

 35 Alain-Georges-Frank Jacquet

Alain-Georges-Frank Jacquet
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: September 4, 2008

 36 Giacomo Manzù

Giacomo Manzù
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 17, 1991

 37 Luciano Fabro

Luciano Fabro
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: November 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 22, 2007

 38 Stephen Antonakos

Stephen Antonakos
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: November 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Greek, American
Died: August 17, 2013

 39 Li Keran

Li Keran
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Chinese
Died: December 5, 1989

 40 Robert Arthur Goodnough

Robert Arthur Goodnough
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 2, 2010

 41 Laila Shawa

Laila Shawa
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1940 AD
Nationality: Palestinian

 42 Najat Makki

Najat Makki
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Famous As: Visual artist
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Nationality: Emirati

 43 Jack Beal

Jack Beal
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: August 29, 2013

 44 Jumana Emil Abboud

Jumana Emil Abboud
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Nationality: Israeli, Palestinian

 45 Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Nationality: Emirati

 46 Ahlam Shibli

Ahlam Shibli
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Nationality: Israeli

 47 Mohammed Kazem

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Nationality: Emirati

 48 Pia Camil

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Nationality: Mexican

 49 Johnny Warrangkula Tjupurrula

Johnny Warrangkula Tjupurrula
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1925 AD
Nationality: Australian
Died: February 12, 2001

 50 Claudio Bravo

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Famous As: Hyperrealist painter
Birthdate: November 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chilean
Died: June 4, 2011
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