Women Sculptors

Throughout history, there have been many women sculptors who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female sculptors such as Leslie Stefanson, Camille Claudel, Barbara Hepworth, Gina Lollobrigida, Yayoi Kusama.The women sculptors 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 Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis.
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Famous As: sculptor
Birthdate: July 4, 1845
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rensselaer County
Died: September 17, 1907

 2 Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 25, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 31, 2010

Louise Bourgeois was a French-American artist best remembered for her large-scale installation art and sculpture. Also a prolific printmaker and painter, Bourgeois explored a variety of themes, such as sexuality and death. In 1997, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2009, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 3 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.

 4 Yvonne McGuinness

Yvonne McGuinness.
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Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: October 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kilkenny
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.

 5 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.

 6 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. 

 7 Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida
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Famous As: Actor, Photographer, Sculptor, Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco

Gina Lollobrigida is an Italian actress and photojournalist counted amongst the highest-profile European actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. Considered a  sex symbol in her youth, she had a successful career both in the film and TV industries. She later built a second career as a photojournalist. She is a recipient of the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award.  

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 8 Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel.
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 8, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fère-en-Tardenois
Died: October 19, 1943

French sculptor Camille Claudel is also popularly known as legendary sculptor Auguste Rodin’s student, mistress, and muse. Claudel also contributed to many of Rodin’s masterpieces but never got any credit for it. After her relationship with Rodin soured, she became alienated and eventually died in an asylum.

 9 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.

 10 Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Königsberg
Died: April 22, 1945

Noted for series like Weavers’ Revolt and Peasants’ War, sculptor and graphic artist, Käthe Kollwitz, came in contact with the urban poor when she moved into Berlin's working class area. Touched by their plight, she soon started portraying them through her etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, and drawings, quickly becoming a powerful advocate for those suffering from social injustice, war, and inhumanity.

 11 Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer
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Famous As: Artist, Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: July 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gallipolis

 12 Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle.
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: October 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: May 21, 2002

Niki de Saint Phalle was a French-American painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. She gained prominence as a monumental sculptor as not many women were renowned for their skills as monumental sculptors. Also remembered for her social work, Niki was one of the earliest artists to spread awareness about AIDS through art. She also wrote extensively in English and French.

 13 Sophie Taeuber-Arp

Sophie Taeuber-Arp
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Architect
Birthdate: January 19, 1889
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Davos
Died: January 13, 1943

 14 Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: January 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norwalk, California, United States
Died: August 5, 2013

 15 Eva Hesse

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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: January 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hamburg
Died: May 29, 1970

Born in Germany, Eva Hesse moved with her family to England, and then to the U.S., in a bid to escape the Nazi regime. Her death due to brain tumor at age 34 cut short her dynamic career. A sculptor and painter, she experimented with media such latex, metal, and mesh.

 16 Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor
Birthdate: March 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bordeaux
Died: May 25, 1899

Rosa Bonheur was a French artist and sculptor whose paintings have been preserved in popular museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d'Orsay. An influential personality, Bonheur was widely regarded as the 19th century's most popular female painter. An open lesbian, Rosa Bonheur stood out as a groundbreaking individual both in her personal life and her career.

 17 Beatrice Wood

Beatrice Wood
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 3, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: March 12, 1998

 18 Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lake Charles

 19 Emilie Benes Brzezinski

Emilie Benes Brzezinski
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Famous As: artist, sculptor
Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: Geneva

 20 Anna Hyatt Huntington

Anna Hyatt Huntington
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: March 10, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 4, 1973

 21 Augusta Savage

Augusta Savage
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: February 29, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Green Cove Springs
Died: March 26, 1962

 22 Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter
Birthdate: September 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi
Died: April 17, 1988

 23 Kate Millett

Kate Millett
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: September 6, 2017

 24 Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett
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Famous As: Sculptor, Printmaker, Painter
Birthdate: April 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Died: April 2, 2012

 25 Ginger Gilmour

Ginger Gilmour
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Famous As: Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: January 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 26 Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith
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Famous As: Sculptor, Painter, Artist
Birthdate: January 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nuremberg

 27 Cécilia Rodhe

Cécilia Rodhe
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Famous As: Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: September 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

 28 Dorothea Margaret Tanning

Dorothea Margaret Tanning
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, U.S.
Died: January 31, 2012

Remembered for her surrealist paintings, sculptor and painter Dorothea Margaret Tanning seemed to have recreated her visions and dreams through her art. Most of her works showcase unreal situations, with motifs such as gigantic flowers and doors. Her iconic installation Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 showcases her sculpting skills.

 29 Sarah Sze

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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, US

 30 Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
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Famous As: Sculptor, Writer, Painter, Model, Poet, Artist
Birthdate: July 12, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Świnoujście
Died: December 15, 1927

Part of the German avant-garde movement and a prominent Dadaist, poet and artist Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven is best remembered for her sound poetry and her posthumously published book Body Sweats. It is believed the famous urinal Fountain sculpture thought to be a work of Marcel Duchamp was actually created by Elsa.

 31 Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Holloway

 32 Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: April 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

 33 Vanessa Beecroft

Vanessa Beecroft
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Vanessa Beecroft is a contemporary performance artist who often works with professional models to stage tableaux vivants. In 2018, she used Kim Kardashian as her model for the release of the latter's perfume brand. A controversial personality, Vanessa Beecroft's unsuccessful attempt to adopt Sudanese twins inspired a derogative documentary titled The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins by Pietra Brettkelly.

 34 Angelina Beloff

Angelina Beloff
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 23, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died: December 30, 1969

 35 Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 31, 1883
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 8, 1956

Marie Laurencin was a French printmaker and painter. An important member of the Cubists within the Groupe de Puteaux, Laurencin was an influential figure in the Parisian avant-garde. Today, her works can be seen at popular museums like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in the USA, the Tate Gallery in the UK, and the State Hermitage Museum in Russia.

 36 Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: June 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Falenty, Poland
Died: April 20, 2017

 37 Domitilla Harding

Domitilla Harding
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Famous As: Designer, Artist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Domitilla Harding is an Italian designer and artist, who once worked as a designer with the Miss Italy fashion label. She has also designed furniture in the past and currently works as a glass sculptor with glass master Andrea Zilio. From her mother’s side, she has links to the House of della Rovere, an Italian noble family. 

 38 Anna Mahler

Anna Mahler
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: June 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 3, 1988

Anna Mahler lost her composer father Gustav Mahler at age 7 and spent much of her childhood at the studio of her mother Alma's lover, artist Oskar Kokoschka. She grew up to be a Grand Prix-winning sculptor. Her works include bronze figures of musicians and the popular Female Nude.

 39 Vinnie Ream

Vinnie Ream
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: September 25, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 12, 1914

 40 Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu
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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: June 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nairobi

 41 Nancy Holt

Nancy Holt
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 8, 2014

 42 Audrey Flack

Audrey Flack
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 43 Gabriela von Habsburg

Gabriela von Habsburg
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: October 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Best known for her abstract stainless steel and stone sculptures and artwork, Gabriela von Habsburg is the granddaughter of former Austrian emperor Charles I. She was raised in exile and later taught as an art professor. She owns a vineyard in Georgia and has also been Georgia’s ambassador to Germany.

 44 Kenojuak Ashevak

Kenojuak Ashevak
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 3, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ikerrasak camp, Nunavut, Canada
Died: January 8, 2013

 45 Rebecca Horn

Rebecca Horn
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Famous As: Sculptor, Choreographer, Film director
Birthdate: March 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Michelstadt

 46 Marie Bashkirtseff

Marie Bashkirtseff
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: November 24, 1858
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: October 31, 1884

 47 Colleen Madamombe

Colleen Madamombe
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: May 31, 2009

 48 Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel
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Famous As: Sculptor, Ceramist
Birthdate: November 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: December 30, 2011

 49 Elisabet Ney

Elisabet Ney
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: January 26, 1833
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Münster, Germany
Died: June 29, 1907

 50 Marisol

Marisol
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: May 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 30, 2016