Taurus Artists & Painters

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Salvador Dali
(Spanish Surrealist Painter Best Known for His Work 'The Persistence of Memory')
Salvador Dali
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Birthdate: May 11, 1904
Birthplace: Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
Died: January 23, 1989

Salvador Dali was a Spanish artist best remembered for his precise draftsmanship and technical skills. His artwork is famous for depicting bizarre and striking images. In spite of producing brilliant artworks, Dali's ostentatious and eccentric public behavior often overshadowed his professional achievements, much to the irritation of his fans and critics. His works have influenced other artists like Jeff Koons.

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J. M. W. Turner
(Romantic painter)
J. M. W. Turner
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Birthdate: April 23, 1775
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 19, 1851

J. M. W. Turner was an English printmaker, painter, and watercolorist best remembered for his imaginative landscapes and expressive colorizations. Intensely reclusive and eccentric throughout his life, Turner lived in poor health and squalor for the last few years of his life. He was portrayed by actor Timothy Spall in the 2014 biographical film, Mr. Turner.

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Joan Miró
(Spanish Painter, Sculptor and Ceramicist Known for His work in ‘Surrealism’, ‘Fauvism’ and ‘Expressionism’)
Joan Miró
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Birthdate: April 20, 1893
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: December 25, 1983

Born to an artisan father in Catalan, Joan Miró was allowed to attend art school after falling sick working as a clerk. Known for combining surrealism and abstract art, he experimented with various forms of art, including paintings, sculptures, and ceramics, and created masterpieces such as The Farm.

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Eugène Delacroix
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Birthdate: April 26, 1798
Birthplace: Saint-Maurice, France
Died: August 13, 1863

Eugène Delacroix was a French Romantic artist who is widely regarded as the patriarch of the French Romantic school. As a muralist and painter, Delacroix's study of the optical effects of color inspired the work of the Impressionists. In fact, his work inspired a generation of impressionists.

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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Birthdate: May 12, 1828
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 9, 1882

Known for founding the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a legendary poet and painter of the 19th century. His illustrations also adorned the books of his poet sister Christina Rossetti. Known for volumes such as The House of Life, he also influenced the Aesthetic movement.

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Jasper Johns
(Painter, Sculptor, Costume designer)
Jasper Johns
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Birthdate: May 15, 1930
Birthplace: Augusta

Presidential Medal-winning artist Jasper Johns is best known for his contribution to the pop art movement. His paintings revolve around subjects such as flags, numbers, and letters, whereas he has also gained fame for his cast sculpture art such as Painted Bronze. He also once experimented by attaching strings to his art.

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Georges Braque
(Painter Best Known for Inventing Cubism with Pablo Picasso)
Georges Braque
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Birthdate: May 13, 1882
Birthplace: Argenteuil, France
Died: August 31, 1963

French painter Georges Braque is considered one of the pioneers of Cubism. His 1908 masterpiece Large Nude is one of his most celebrated pieces. Critics often argue whether Braque or Picasso had first begun developing Cubism, and many of their works are very similar in nature.

Rabindranath Tagore
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Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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.

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Samuel Morse
(Inventor of Morse Code, Painter)
Samuel Morse
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Birthdate: April 27, 1791
Birthplace: Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 2, 1872
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David Choe
(Street artist)
David Choe
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Birthdate: April 21, 1976
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Frederic Edwin Church
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Birthdate: May 4, 1826
Birthplace: Hartford
Died: April 7, 1900
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Robert De Niro Sr.
(Abstract Expressionist Painter & Father of Robert De Niro)
Robert De Niro Sr.
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Birthdate: May 3, 1922
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Died: May 3, 1993
Robert De Niro Sr. was an American abstract expressionist artist best known as the father of the famous actor Robert De Niro. De Niro Sr. exhibited his paintings in museums and galleries across the United States of America. He also taught at several art schools including the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.  
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Effie Gray
(Artist)
Effie Gray
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Birthdate: May 7, 1828
Birthplace: Perth, United Kingdom
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.

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Jean Giraud
(Artist)
Jean Giraud
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Birthdate: May 8, 1938
Birthplace: Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Died: March 10, 2012
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Hiromu Arakawa
(Japanese Manga Artist Best Known for the Manga Series ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’)
Hiromu Arakawa
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Birthdate: May 8, 1973
Birthplace: Makubetsu, Hokkaido, Japan
Raised on a farm, Hiromu Arakawa realized her potential as a manga artist early in life and thus went to Tokyo to try her luck. The Shogakugan Manga Award-winning artist is now known for her internationally renowned Fullmetal Alchemist manga series, which has given birth to an entire franchise.
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John James Audubon
(US Artist and Ornithologist Known for His Drawings of North American Birds)
John James Audubon
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Birthdate: April 26, 1785
Birthplace: Les Cayes
Died: January 27, 1851

American artist and ornithologist John James Audubon is remembered mostly for his illustrations of North American birds. Born as an illegitimate child in France, he later moved to the US and then to Canada, for business, but ended up documenting birds. His best-known work is the pioneering ornithological work The Birds of America.

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Julius Evola
(Philosopher)
Julius Evola
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Birthdate: May 19, 1898
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 11, 1974

Julius Evola was an Italian poet, philosopher, painter, esotericist, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, and occultist. Evola is extremely popular in fringe circles due to his supernatural, magical, and metaphysical beliefs. Due to his traditionalist views on gender, which advocated a purely patriarchal society, Evola is regarded as one of Italy’s most influential fascist racists of all time.

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Tom of Finland
(Finnish Painter, Best Known for His Depiction of Gay Sexuality through His Works)
Tom of Finland
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Birthdate: May 8, 1920
Birthplace: Kaarina
Died: November 7, 1991

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Touko Valio Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, is remembered for his paintings of the human body and his depiction of homoerotic desire. In his later life, his struggle with emphysema made him switch from pencil to pastels.

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Tamara de Lempicka
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Birthdate: May 16, 1898
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: March 18, 1980
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Daniel Chatto
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Birthdate: April 22, 1957
Birthplace: London, England
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Thomas Gainsborough
(Landscape painter)
Thomas Gainsborough
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Birthdate: May 14, 1727
Birthplace: Sudbury, England
Died: August 2, 1788
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Raja Ravi Varma
(One of the Greatest Painters in the History of Indian Art)
Raja Ravi Varma
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Birthdate: April 29, 1848
Birthplace: Kilimanoor, Travancore, India
Died: October 2, 1906

One of the greatest Indian painters of all time, Raja Ravi Varma is best remembered for mixing Indian mythological subjects with the Western historicist style of art. His painting skills made the king of Travancore his patron at 14. His best-known works include The Milkmaid and The Begum’s Bath.

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Cy Twombly
(American Painter, Sculptor and Photographer Known for His Graffiti-Style Paintings and for Large-Scale Works)
Cy Twombly
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Birthdate: April 25, 1928
Birthplace: Lexington, Virginia, United States
Died: July 5, 2011

Cy Twombly was an American sculptor, painter, and photographer. Although he wasn’t popular among the critics, Twombly's works influenced several younger artists like Francesco Clemente, Anselm Kiefer, and Julian Schnabel. Today, his works are preserved in many museums globally, including the Tate Modern in London, the Menil Collection in Houston, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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Paige O'Hara
(Actress)
Paige O'Hara
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Birthdate: May 10, 1956
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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Gregg Alexander
(Songwriter)
Gregg Alexander
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Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Birthplace: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States
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Jean-Leon Gerome
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Birthdate: May 11, 1824
Birthplace: Vesoul, Haute-Saône, France
Died: January 10, 1904
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Joseph Beuys
(German Abstract Painter and Founder of a Provocative Art Movement Known as 'Fluxus')
Joseph Beuys
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Birthdate: May 12, 1921
Birthplace: Krefeld, Germany
Died: January 23, 1986

It is believed Joseph Beuys was rescued by Tartars when his air force plane broke down in Crimea during World War II. He later gained fame as an avant-garde sculptor and artist and part of the group Fluxus. His works used unconventional media, with some even including staged actions.

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Willem de Kooning
(Dutch-Born American Abstract Expressionist Artist)
Willem de Kooning
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Birthdate: April 24, 1904
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 19, 1997
Willem de Kooning was a Dutch-American artist and one of the most famous practitioners of abstract expressionism of his generation. One of the 20th century's best-known artists, de Kooning is noted for paintings, such as Woman III (1953) and Interchange (1955). Many of his paintings have been sold for record prices.
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Allisyn Ashley Arm
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Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
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Lisa Frank
(Businesswoman)
Lisa Frank
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Birthdate: April 21, 1955
Birthplace: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
(German Expressionist Painter and Printmaker Who was One of the Founders of the Artists Group 'Die Brücke')
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
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Birthdate: May 6, 1880
Birthplace: Aschaffenburg, Germany
Died: June 15, 1938

One of the pioneers of Expressionism, German painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner co-established the artists’ group Die Brücke, or The Bridge. His iconic works such as Girl under Japanese Umbrella and Street, Berlin displayed psychological and erotic themes. Declared a "degenerate" by the Nazis, he later committed suicide.

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Astrid Kirchherr
(Photographer)
Astrid Kirchherr
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Birthdate: May 20, 1938
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: May 12, 2020

Astrid Kirchherr was a German photographer and artist who was famous for the photographs she took of the original band members of the Beatles. She wanted to study fashion designing as a young woman but shifted to photography at the recommendation of a teacher. She later became acquainted with the Beatles and took several iconic photographs of them. 

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Tasya van Ree
(Painter and Photographer)
Tasya van Ree
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Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Birthplace: Mililani, Hawaii, United States

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.

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Edward Lear
(Artist)
Edward Lear
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Birthdate: May 12, 1812
Birthplace: Holloway
Died: January 29, 1888

Renowned for his absurdism and wit, Edward Lear was a British poet who popularized literary nonsense. A talented painter, too, he had worked for the London Zoo, illustrating birds, and had later released illustrated travel books. A pioneer of the modern limerick, he penned the iconic poem The Owl and the Pussycat.

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Stephen Wiltshire
(Architectural artist)
Stephen Wiltshire
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Birthdate: April 24, 1974
Birthplace: London, England
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Charlotte Johnson Wahl
(Painter, Mother of Boris Johnson)
Charlotte Johnson Wahl
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Birthdate: 1942
Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
Died: September 13, 2021

Artist Charlotte Johnson Wahl is the mother of British prime minister Boris Johnson and British journalist Rachel Johnson. She is known for her portraits and her signature style that mirrors the Vorticist style. Her creations have been featured at the Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

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Frank Stella
(Painter, Sculptor)
Frank Stella
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Birthdate: May 12, 1936
Birthplace: Malden

Frank Stella is an American sculptor, painter, and printmaker known for his work in the fields of post-painterly abstraction and minimalism. An influential artist, Stella has been an ardent supporter of copyright protection for artists. In 2009, he was honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts. In 2011, the International Sculpture Center honored Stella with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Yelena Yemchuk
(Photographer)
Yelena Yemchuk
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Birthdate: April 22, 1970
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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William Kentridge
(Film director, Artist, Painter)
William Kentridge
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Birthdate: April 28, 1955
Birthplace: Johannesburg
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Anthony Quinn
(Best Known for His Roles in the films 'Viva Zapata!' and 'Lust for Life')
Anthony Quinn
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Birthdate: April 21, 1915
Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico
Died: June 3, 2001
Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning roles in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. He also delivered stellar performances in the films Zorba the Greek, Wild Is the Wind, and The Guns of Navarone. He had exhibited his artwork and also written two memoirs.
Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath
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Birthdate: May 6, 1932
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 4, 2020
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Jenny Saville
(painter)
Jenny Saville
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Birthdate: May 7, 1970
Birthplace: Cambridge
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Emma Ferrer
(Model, Artist)
Emma Ferrer
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Birthdate: 1994
Birthplace: Morges, Switzerland
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Yves Klein
(French Artist Who Was Known for His Daring Experiments and Monochrome Paintings)
Yves Klein
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Birthdate: April 28, 1928
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: June 6, 1962

Known for his blue monochrome paintings, French artist Yves Klein was a major figure of the Nouveau réalisme art movement. Though born to artist parents, he initially mastered judo and even taught it. His experiments included fire paintings and his Anthropométries, which involved naked models covered in paint pressing against canvases.

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Paul Nash
(painter, illustrator, printmaker)
Paul Nash
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Birthdate: May 11, 1889
Birthplace: Kensington
Died: July 11, 1946
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Bridget Riley
(Painter)
Bridget Riley
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Birthdate: April 24, 1931
Birthplace: West Norwood
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Sidney Nolan
(One of Australia’s Leading Artists of the 20th Century)
Sidney Nolan
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Birthdate: April 22, 1917
Birthplace: Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Died: November 28, 1992

Sidney Nolan is best remembered for his depictions of Australian folklore in his art. The artist had had brief stints as a cyclist, a gold miner, and a cook, before he took up painting as a vocation at 21. Apart from landscapes, his paintings also portrayed legendary figures such as outlaw Ned Kelly.

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Lorenzo Quinn
(Sculptor)
Lorenzo Quinn
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Birthdate: May 7, 1966
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Lorenzo Quinn is an Italian sculptor whose works can be seen in places like the UK and Spain. Apart from being a sculptor, Quinn also works with charity organizations and donates his sculptures to charitable causes. He is also credited with designing MOTO GP championships' Ride The World trophy. A multi-talented personality, Quinn also co-owns a restaurant named Galeria Gastronomica.

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Mon Laferte
(Singer known for her musical versatility, having composed songs in a wide variety of genres such as pop, rock)
Mon Laferte
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Birthdate: May 2, 1983
Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Philip de László
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Birthdate: April 30, 1869
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: November 22, 1937