Artists & Painters

Painters may refer to people who are involved in the creation of art work through the use of paint. A painter is one who paints in order to earn his living or he/she may also practice it as a recreational activity. The world most ancient paintings were created by cavemen, who created murals on the caves. Some of the oldest know paintings were created in France, at the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, these paintings are considered to be 32, 000 years old. Visual art was also produced in India as early as the 3rd millennium BC. Paintings were also done in the caves of central India in the pre-historic times, from 30,000 BCE. The different types of painters include surrealistic painters, abstract painters, modernist painters, impressionistic painters, modern painters and realistic painters. The different kinds of paintings include cubism, geometric art, pop art; outsider art, photorealism, and ink wash painting among many others. In the 21st century, the art industry is one of the most booming multibillion dollar industries that provides opportunities to an array of artists and painters. Here is a compilation of a list of famous painters from across the world, learn more fascinating facts and details about them with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

 1 Bob Ross

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 4, 1995

Painter, art instructor, and television host, Bob Ross, gained international fame as the creator and host of the instructional TV show, The Joy of Painting. He served in the United States Air Force for several years before embarking on a career as a painter. He had a deep love for animals and cared for several injured squirrels, armadillos, and snakes.

 2 Frida Kahlo

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Mexican
Died: July 13, 1954

Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, was known for her many portraits and self-portraits. Her work is said to have been inspired by the nature, artifacts and popular culture of Mexico. Her work was not much known until the late 1970s, when it was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By early 1990s, she became a recognized figure in art history.

 3 Vincent van Gogh

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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French, Dutch
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.

 4 Leonardo da Vinci

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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: April 15, 1452
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
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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 5 Pablo Picasso

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Spanish
Died: April 8, 1973

Pablo Picasso was a renowned artist whose paintings sell by millions of dollars at auctions even today, many years after his death. With masterful strokes, attractive shades and rich textures, Picasso created some of the most visually impressive arts of the 20th century. While exploring new styles and experimenting with different techniques, Picasso co-founded Cubist art style and co-invented collage.

 6 Rabindranath Tagore

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Listed In: Poets, Artists, Novelists
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 7, 1941

Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian polymath who contributed greatly to the fields of literature, art, and philosophy. Referred to as the Bard of Bengal, Tagore is credited with reshaping Bengali literature and music. The first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore is also credited with composing the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

 7 Soumitra Chatterjee

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Listed In: Actors, Poets, Artists
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian, British Indian Ocean Territory
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 8 Sammy Davis Jr.

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Listed In: Actors, Comedians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 1990
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 9 Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler
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Listed In: Actors, Models, Artists
Famous As: Actor, Director, Model, Painter
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

American actor, Matthew Gray Gubler, is best known for playing the character of Dr Spencer Reid in the popular and acclaimed television series Criminal Minds. He has also acted in films like 500 Days of Summer, Suburban Gothic and How to Be a Serial Killer. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for his role in the television series, The Beauty Inside.

 10 Aleister Crowley

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Famous As: Occultist
Birthdate: October 12, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: December 1, 1947

Aleister Crowley was an occultist, writer, and ceremonial magician. He is credited with founding a religion called Thelema and promised his followers with guiding them into the Aeon of Horus, a time of self-realization. More than seven decades after his death, Crowley remains influential among those who revere counterculture and Western esotericism and is considered a prophet in Thelema.

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 11 Daniel Stern

Daniel Stern
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 12 Michelangelo

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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: March 6, 1475
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 18, 1564

Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo was a prominent figure of the High Renaissance. He is credited to have influenced the Western art in unprecedented ways. He is widely regarded as the greatest artist of his age and one of the greatest artists of all time. He was equally revered and respected as an architect.

 13 Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 14 John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo
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Listed In: Actors, Artists, Comedians
Famous As: Actor, Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: July 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Colombian, American

John Leguizamo is a popular stand-up comedian and actor who is credited with voicing Sid the Sloth in the Ice Age film series. Over the years, John Leguizamo has also played a major role in helping the Hispanic community and has been honored by organizations, such as the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

 15 Tasya van Ree

Tasya van Ree
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Listed In: Designers
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 16 Ant Anstead

Ant Anstead
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: February 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

Ant Anstead is an English TV presenter and car builder. Having started his career as a police constable, Ant Anstead worked his way into pursuing a career as a car builder, which is what he loved doing the most. His passion for cars provided him with an opportunity to become a TV presenter—an inspiring story indeed.

 17 Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: August 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: November 26, 2018
Stephen Hillenburg is best known as the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, the fifth-longest-running animated series in the U.S, which earned him two Emmys and six Annie Awards. He was initially a marine biologist and an instructor at the Orange County Marine Institute. He died of ALS, a neurodegenerative disease.

 18 Tarrare

Tarrare
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Famous As: Showman
Birthdate: 1772 AD
Nationality: French
Died: 1798 AD

 19 Swizz Beatz

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Famous As: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Painter, Rapper, Singer, Businessperson, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Fred Gwynne

Fred Gwynne
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Listed In: Actors, Artists
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: July 2, 1993

 21 Lauren Lapkus

Lauren Lapkus
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 22 Claude Monet

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 14, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: December 5, 1926

Claude Monet was a French painter. The founder of French Impressionist painting, Monet's painting Impression, soleil levant gave rise to the term Impressionism. Often dubbed the driving force behind Impressionism, Monet mastered the art of painting the same scene several times so as to capture the changing of the light. Since his death, his paintings have sold for record prices.

 23 Melissa Villaseñor

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 24 Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby
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Famous As: Comic Book Artist
Birthdate: August 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: February 6, 1994
Jacob Kurtzberg, or Jack Kirby, initially published comics under various other pseudonyms, such as "Jack Curtiss" and "Curt Davis." He worked with Marvel, where he co-created characters such as The Fantastic Four and the X-Men, along with Stan Lee. He then joined DC, where he created the Fourth World Saga

 25 Yvonne McGuinness

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Listed In: Sculptors
Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: October 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish
Irish visual artist Yvonne McGuinness is renowned for her video installations and prints. Most of her art works revolve around themes of conflict between revealing and hiding one’s true self. She has also made several short films, such as Charlie's Place. She is married to Irish actor Cillian Murphy.

 26 Jackson Pollock

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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.

 27 Diego Rivera

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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter, Muralist
Birthdate: December 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Mexican
Died: November 24, 1957
Mexican painter Diego Rivera is best remembered for his association with the mural movement and had created masterpieces such as The History of Mexico and the Detroit Industry Murals. He was inspired by cubism and post-impressionism. He had married, divorced, and remarried Frida Kahlo, the third of his four wives.

 28 Marina Abramovic

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Famous As: Performance Artist
Birthdate: November 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Serbian

 29 Rembrandt

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dutch
Died: October 4, 1669

Rembrandt was a Dutch printmaker, painter, and draughtsman. A master in three major art media, Rembrandt is widely considered the most important visual artist in Dutch art history and one of the greatest of all time. He is also considered the greatest etcher in the history of printmaking. His life and work inspired several films, including the 1936 movie Rembrandt.

 30 Masashi Kishimoto

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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Manga Artist
Birthdate: November 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Japanese manga artist Masashi Kishimoto is best known for creating the manga series Naruto for the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. The series eventually led to several anime, video games, and movies, such as Boruto: Naruto the Movie and The Last: Naruto the Movie, supervised by Kishimoto. 

 31 Clive Barker

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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 32 Effie Gray

Effie Gray
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 7, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Scottish
Died: December 23, 1897

Effie Gray was a Scottish painter. She was married to draughtsman and watercolorist, John Ruskin, before leaving him to marry John Everett Millais. This popular love triangle has been depicted in several plays and films, including the 1912 silent movie, The Love of John Ruskin. After marrying Millais, Effie Gray had a major influence on his works.

 33 Henri Matisse

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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: December 31, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: November 3, 1954

Henri Matisse was a French artist. Although he was known for his skills as a painter, Matisse was also a renowned sculptor, printmaker, and draughtsman. Along with Picasso, Matisse is regarded as one of the artists who contributed immensely to the revolutionary developments in visual arts. His works also influenced other painters who would adopt a technique called intense colorism.

 34 Raphael

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1483 AD
Nationality: Italian
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.

 35 Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painters
Birthdate: March 30, 1746
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish
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.

 36 Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 37 Will Sampson

Will Sampson
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 3, 1987

 38 Caravaggio

Caravaggio
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1571
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: July 18, 1610
Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is best remembered for his influence on the Baroque style of painting. He pioneered a tactic known as tenebrism, and combined light and darkness to create his masterpieces. He was known for his erratic and aggressive nature and died under mysterious circumstances.

 39 Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 40 Junji Ito

Junji Ito
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Famous As: Manga artist
Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese

 41 Akira Toriyama

Akira Toriyama
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Japanese Manga Artist
Birthdate: April 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese

 42 Bal Thackeray

Bal Thackeray
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Painter
Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 17, 2012

 43 Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 8, 1593
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1656 AD

 44 Larry D. Alexander

Larry D. Alexander
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 45 Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter & Illustrator
Birthdate: February 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 8, 1978

 46 John Ruskin

John Ruskin
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Famous As: Art Critic and Painter
Birthdate: February 8, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 20, 1900

 47 Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 48 Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky
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Famous As: Painters
Birthdate: December 16, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: December 13, 1944

 49 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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Listed In: Artists
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 24, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: September 9, 1901

 50 Daniel Chatto

Daniel Chatto
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Listed In: Actors
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
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