Famous Women Artists & Painters

Throughout history, there have been many women painters who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female painters such as Frida Kahlo, Mary Cassatt, Artemisia Gentileschi, Tracey Emin, Tove Jansson.The women painters 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 Gloria Vanderbilt

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Famous As: Artist, Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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.

 2 Yoko Ono

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

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.

 3 Yayoi Kusama

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Famous As: Contemporary Artist
Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese
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. 

 4 Jemima Kirke

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 5 Marina Abramovic

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

 6 Lauren Lapkus

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

 7 Tasya van Ree

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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.

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 8 Yvonne McGuinness

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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.

 9 Margaret Keane

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 10 Melissa Villaseñor

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

 11 Kristin Nelson

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: April 27, 2018
Kristin Nelson is remembered for her appearances in films such as The Resurrection of Broncho Billy. She was married to actor/musician Ricky Nelson but later got involved in a bitter custody battle involving their fourth son, Sam. A primitive painter, too, she had published an autobiography interspersed with her paintings. 

 12 Ariana Richards

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 13 Artemisia Gentileschi

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 8, 1593
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
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.

 14 Anita Pallenberg

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, Italian
Died: June 13, 2017

 15 Jade Jagger

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French, British

 16 Amrita Shergil

Amrita Shergil
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Famous As: Indian painter
Birthdate: January 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 5, 1941

 17 Patrisse Cullors

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

 18 Heart Evangelista

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Filipino

 19 Heather Hunter

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 20 Charlotte Johnson Wahl

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Famous As: Painter, Mother of Boris Johnson
Birthdate: April 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

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.

 21 Traudl Junge

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Famous As: Memoirist, Painter, Secretary, Writer
Birthdate: March 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: February 10, 2002

 22 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.

 23 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
Nationality: Dutch
Died: October 17, 2012

 24 Paige O'Hara

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 25 Tracey Emin

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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: July 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

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 Mary Pinchot Meyer

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Famous As: Painter & Journalist
Birthdate: October 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 12, 1964

 27 Françoise Gilot

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Famous As: Painter, Choreographer, Model
Birthdate: November 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French, American

 28 Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara de Lempicka
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: March 18, 1980

 29 Alice Liddell

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 4, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: November 16, 1934

 30 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.

 31 Mary Cassatt

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 22, 1844
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 14, 1926

 32 Erika Cosby

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 33 Jeanne-Claude

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Moroccan, American
Died: November 18, 2009

 34 Frieda Hughes

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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 35 Amanda Lear

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Famous As: Painter, Singer, Actor, Model, Composer
Birthdate: November 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French

 36 Vivian Maier

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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2009

 37 Paloma Picasso

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Choreographer, Painter, Jewellery designer, Designer, Socialite
Birthdate: April 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish, French

 38 Akiane Kramarik

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Birthdate: July 9, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 39 Rumiko Takahashi

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Famous As: Japanese manga artist
Birthdate: October 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

 40 Dora Maar

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Famous As: Photographer, Artist, Painter, Poet, Choreographer, Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: July 16, 1997

 41 Diva Zappa

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 42 Hiromu Arakawa

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Famous As: Manga Artist
Birthdate: May 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese

 43 Justine Frischmann

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 44 Allisyn Ashley Arm

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 45 Tove Jansson

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Finnish
Died: June 27, 2001

 46 Lisa Hanawalt

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Famous As: Cartoonists
Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 47 Marie Tussaud

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 1, 1761
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Swiss, French
Died: April 16, 1850

 48 Lee Krasner

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: June 19, 1984

 49 Louise Bourgeois

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 25, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, American
Died: May 31, 2010

 50 Naoko Takeuchi

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Famous As: Manga Artist
Birthdate: March 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese