A comprehensive directory of world's most famous painters and artists, including their life history, trivia, interesting facts, and timelines.

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.

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Bob Ross Bob Ross

Vincent van Gogh Vincent van Gogh
French, Dutch

John Leguizamo John Leguizamo
Colombian, American

Raphael Raphael

Tom Franco Tom Franco

Edvard Munch Edvard Munch

Martin Mull Martin Mull
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Jack Kirby Jack Kirby

Le Corbusier Le Corbusier
Swiss, French

Hermann Hesse Hermann Hesse
Swiss, German

Marcel Duchamp Marcel Duchamp
French, American

Marc Chagall Marc Chagall
Belarusian, French, Russian
Mark Rothko Mark Rothko

Sandro Kopp Sandro Kopp
German, New Zealander

Effie Gray Effie Gray

Jwan Yosef Jwan Yosef
Swedish, Syrian
Titian Titian

Jade Jagger Jade Jagger
French, British

Burt Ward Burt Ward
John Singer Sargent John Singer Sargent
Italian, American

Ai Weiwei Ai Weiwei

El Greco El Greco
Spanish, Greek

Paul Klee Paul Klee
Swiss, German