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 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.

 2 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.

 3 Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic.
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Famous As: Performance Artist
Birthdate: November 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

 4 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.

 5 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.

 6 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

 7 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.
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 8 Yayoi Kusama

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

 9 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.   

 10 Margaret Keane

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

 11 Kari Byron

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

 12 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.

 13 Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 13, 2017

Known as the Rolling Stones muse, for her affairs with at least two of the iconic rock band’s members, Anita Pallenberg was an actor-model. The Rolling Stones tracks such as You Got The Silver and Angie were inspired by her. She had also studied fashion designing after recovering from drug addiction.

 14 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.

 15 Heather McCartney

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

 16 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.

 17 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

 18 Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 19 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

 20 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

 21 Traudl Junge

Traudl Junge
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Famous As: Memoirist, Painter, Secretary, Writer
Birthdate: March 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Munich
Died: February 10, 2002

After being rejected by a dance school, Traudl Junge ditched her plan of becoming a ballerina and mastered typing instead. She later served as Adolf Hitler’s typist and was the youngest of his secretaries. After staying silent for years, she eventually revealed her experience to Austrian filmmaker Andre Heller.

 22 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

 23 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.

 24 Françoise Gilot

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

 25 Fairuz

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

 26 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

 27 Cindy Sherman

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

 28 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

 29 Mary Cassatt

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

 30 Maya Lin

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

 31 Bobbi Brown

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

 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 Paloma Picasso

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Choreographer, Painter, Jewellery designer, Designer, Socialite
Birthdate: April 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vallauris

Fashion and jewelry designer Paloma Picasso is best known as the daughter of legendary artists Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot. She began her career designing costume jewelry for Yves Saint-Laurent and later designed for Tiffany & Co. Known for her signature red lipstick, she also has her own range of perfumes.

 34 Akiane Kramarik

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

 35 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

 36 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.  

 37 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.

 38 Diva Zappa

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

 39 Justine Frischmann

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

 40 Barbara Kruger

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

 41 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

 42 Poh Ling Yeow

Poh Ling Yeow
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Ampang Jaya

 43 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.

 44 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.

 45 Lisa Hanawalt

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

 46 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

 47 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.

 48 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.

 49 Vanessa Bell

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

 50 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