Women Artists

Throughout history, there have been many women artists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female artists such as Leslie Stefanson, Artemisia Gentileschi, Maya Lin, Barbara Kruger, Barbara Hepworth.The women artists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
Died: March 6, 1986
Artist Georgia O'Keeffe enriched American modernism and precisionism with her artwork, mostly water color and charcoal paintings. She was the first female artist to have a retrospective at New York’s MOMA. Her paintings focused on the cityscapes and landscapes of New York and New Mexico, and abstract flowers.

 2 Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama.
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Famous As: Contemporary Artist
Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
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. 

 3 Susan Mikula

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Famous As: Photographer, Rachel Maddow’s Partner
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Self-taught photographer Susan Mikula is known for using old Polaroids and pinhole cameras to create her masterpieces. She was an accountant earlier and has also worked for the U.S. consulate in Mexico. The LGBT icon is in a long-term relationship with her partner, journalist and TV personality Rachel Maddow.

 4 Leslie Stefanson

Leslie Stefanson.
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Famous As: Actress, Model, Artist, Sculptor
Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota

Leslie Stefanson is an American model, artist, and actress. She achieved popularity after playing important roles in popular films, such as The General's Daughter. A multi-talented personality, Leslie Stefanson also makes terracotta and bronze sculptures in New York City and Los Angeles.

 5 PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridport

 6 Margaret Keane

Margaret Keane.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

 7 Jemima Kirke

Jemima Kirke
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster

Jemima Kirke is an English-American artist, actress, and director best known for her role as Jessa Johansson in the HBO series Girls. She is the daughter of Simon Kirke and was introduced to show business at a young age. After acting for a few years, she made her directorial debut in 2019. She is a reproductive rights activist as well.   

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 8 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

 9 Kari Byron

Kari Byron
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Famous As: Television presenter, Artist
Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: California

 10 Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 16, 1971
Model/actor Edie Sedgwick was touted as the “It Girl” for her appearances in avant-garde filmmaker Andy Warhol’s short films of the 1960s. Vogue dubbed her a "Youthquaker." Some of her notable films were Poor Little Rich Girl and Beauty No. 2. She died of a drug overdose at 28.

 11 Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt.
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Famous As: Artist, Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Died: July 17, 2019

Gloria Vanderbilt was an American fashion designer, actress, author, and socialite. As a child, she was subjected to a child custody trial, which the press named trial of the century due to its high-profile nature. As a designer, Vanderbilt is credited with developing and popularizing designer blue jeans. She also launched a line of household goods and perfumes.

 12 Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
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.

 13 Heather McCartney

Heather McCartney
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tucson

 14 Cherie Currie

Cherie Currie
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Wood carver, Musician, Songwriter, Artist, Film producer, Television actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 15 Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 8, 1593
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 1656 AD
Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi was a prominent artist of the 17th century. She was the first female member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno and was known for her depiction of the female form. She was raped by painter Agostino Tassi and participated in a 7-month trial.

 16 Fairuz

Fairuz
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Artist
Birthdate: November 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut

 17 Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Allegheny
Died: June 14, 1926

 18 Françoise Gilot

Françoise Gilot
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Famous As: Painter, Choreographer, Model
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine

 19 Maya Lin

Maya Lin.
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: October 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens

Maya Lin is an American sculptor and designer whose competition-winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial earned her national recognition when she was still an undergraduate. Her life and career inspired an Oscar-winning documentary titled Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. Maya Lin has won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 20 Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman
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Famous As: Photographer, Film director
Birthdate: January 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glen Ridge

 21 Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara de Lempicka
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: March 18, 1980

 22 Heather Hunter

Heather Hunter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 23 Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown
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Famous As: Make-up artist, Businessperson
Birthdate: April 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago

 24 Sylvia Kristel

Sylvia Kristel
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Famous As: Singer, Film actor, Film director, Actor, Model, Painter, Adult Film Star, Autobiographer, Biographer
Birthdate: September 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Utrecht
Died: October 17, 2012

 25 Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin.
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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: July 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

Artist Tracey Emin is known for incorporating subjective elements in her artwork. She experiments with media such as drawing, sculpture, and installations. She made headlines with her controversial works such as Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed. She has also taught at the Royal Academy.

 26 Alice Liddell

Alice Liddell
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 4, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK
Died: November 16, 1934

 27 Akiane Kramarik

Akiane Kramarik
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Birthdate: July 9, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mount Morris

 28 Princess Delphine of Belgium

Princess Delphine of Belgium
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Uccle, Brussels, Belgium

 29 Dora Maar

Dora Maar
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Famous As: Photographer, Artist, Painter, Poet, Choreographer, Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 16, 1997

Born to a French mother and a Croatian father, Dora Maar spent her childhood in Argentina and later studied art in Paris. The renowned surrealist artist and photographer later gained fame as Pablo Picasso’s lover and muse, and was featured in his paintings such as Weeping Woman.

 30 Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki
Died: June 27, 2001
Finnish author Tove Jansson was the woman behind the phenomenally successful children’s books and comics on the fictional white hippo-like creatures she called Moomins. While the Moomins books have been translated into more than 50 languages, Jansson’s literary works also include several other novels and short stories.

 31 Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger.
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Famous As: Conceptual Artist
Birthdate: January 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 32 Frieda Hughes

Frieda Hughes
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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London

 33 Justine Frischmann

Justine Frischmann.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England

 34 Marie Tussaud

Marie Tussaud.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 1, 1761
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: April 16, 1850

Marie Tussaud was a French artist and sculptor best remembered for her wax sculptures. She founded Madame Tussauds, a wax museum, in London in 1835. The museum is a major tourist attraction today. As a young girl, she learned wax modeling from doctor cum wax modeler Philippe Curtius. In the ensuing years, she became a prominent sculptor.

 35 Allisyn Ashley Arm

Allisyn Ashley Arm
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States

 36 Amrita Shergil

Amrita Shergil.
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Famous As: Indian painter
Birthdate: January 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 5, 1941

 37 Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi
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Famous As: Japanese manga artist
Birthdate: October 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Niigata, Niigata Prefecture

Rumiko Takahashi is a Japanese manga artist counted among the country’s best-known and wealthiest manga artists. She began her career in the late 1970s and has created numerous commercially successful works. In 2019, she received the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême, becoming the second woman to win the prize. She has been inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame.  

 38 Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wakefield
Died: May 20, 1975
English sculptor Barbara Hepworth, CBE and DBE, was a prominent figure in Modern Art. A Royal College of Art alumna, she used bronze, marble, and wood to create masterpieces such as Single Form and Family of Man, which adorn various venues. She died in a fire at her studio.

 39 Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 21, 2009

Vivian Maier was an American street photographer whose works received critical acclaim after her death. Maier's photographs were unpublished during her lifetime. However, her works went viral on the internet when it was published on Flickr five months after her death. Vivian Maier's life and work have inspired documentary films like Finding Vivian Maier.

 40 Miranda July

Miranda July
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barre (town), Vermont Barre, Vermont, U.S.

 41 Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses
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Famous As: Painter, Illustrator
Birthdate: September 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York
Died: December 13, 1961

Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, revolutionized American folk art with her iconic depictions of American rural life. After spending 15 years of her life working as a housekeeper, she deviated toward embroidery. A bout of arthritis made her switch to painting in her late 70s.

 42 Diva Zappa

Diva Zappa
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 43 Lisa Hanawalt

Lisa Hanawalt.
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Famous As: Cartoonists
Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States

 44 Shirley Ardell Mason

Shirley Ardell Mason
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dodge Center
Died: February 26, 1998

 45 Suze Rotolo

Suze Rotolo
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Famous As: Author, Artist, Visual artist, Painter, Writer
Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 25, 2011

 46 Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: October 5, 2015

 47 Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 14, 1841
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bourges, France
Died: March 2, 1895

 48 Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 30, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: April 7, 1961

 49 Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington.
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Famous As: Mexican Artist & Surrealist Painter
Birthdate: April 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: May 25, 2011

Leonora Carrington was a Mexican artist, novelist, and surrealist painter. During the 1970s, Carrington played an important role in Mexico's women's liberation movement as she was one of the founding members of the movement. Carrington, who was fascinated by symbolism and myth, studied alchemy, Popol Vuh, post-classic Mayan mystical writings, and the kabbalah.

 50 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