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Contemporary Artists

This is a list of artists who create contemporary art between the 1970s (the advent of postmodernism) and the present day. Artists on this list meet the following criteria:

  • The artist is regarded as an important figure or is widely cited by peers.
  • The artist is known for originating a significant new concept, theory or technique.
  • The artist has created, or played a major role in co-creating, a significant or well-known work, or collective body of work, that has been the subject of an independent book or feature-length film, or of multiple independent periodical articles or reviews.
  • The person’s work either (a) has become a significant monument, (b) has been a substantial part of a significant exhibition, (c) has won significant critical attention, or (d) is represented within the permanent collections of several notable galleries or museums, or had works in many significant libraries.

A

Marina Abramovic (born 1946), performance artist
Vito Acconci (born 1940), installation and performance artist
Bas Jan Ader(1942–1979), conceptual artist
Nadir Afonso (born 1920), geometric abstractionist
Gustavo Aguerre (born 1953), conceptual, performance and installation artist
Eija-Liisa Ahtila (born 1959), video artist
Peggy Ahwesh (born 1954), video artist
Rita Ackermann (born 1968), artist
Chantal Akerman (born 1950), filmmaker
Vikky Alexander (born 1959), installation artist
Edward Allington (born 1951) sculptor
Laurie Anderson (born 1947), performance artist
Carl Andre (born 1935), sculptor
Janine Antoni (born 1964), sculptor and installation artist
Ida Applebroog (born 1929), painter
Nobuyoshi Araki (born 1940), photographer
Diane Arbus (1923–1971), photographer
Siah Armajani (born 1939), sculptor
Mireille Astore (born 1961), conceptual, performance and installation artist
Javier Arevalo (1936), painter
Mino Argento (born 1927), painter

B

Francis Bacon (1909–1992), painter
Jo Baer (born 1929), painter
John Baldessari (born 1931), conceptual artist
Banksy (born 1974), graffiti artist
Fiona Banner (born 1966)
Matthew Barney (born 1967), filmmaker
Artur Barrio (born 1945), Interactive artist
Jennifer Bartlett (born 1945), painter
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), painter
Vanessa Beecroft (born 1969)
Zdzislaw Beksinski (1929–2005), painter
Larry Bell, (born 1939), sculptor
Maurice Benayoun (born 1957), media artist
Lynda Benglis (born 1941), sculptor
José Bernal (born 1925), painter/sculptor
Joseph Beuys (1921–1986)
Ashley Bickerton (born 1959)
Janet Biggs (born 1959), video and performance artist
Thierry Bisch (born 1953), painter
David Blatherwick (born 1960), painter and video artist
Guy Bleus (born 1950), performance artist, mail art
Godfrey Blow (born 1948), painter
Christian Boltanski (born 1944)
Henry Bond (born 1966)
Christine Borland (born 1965)
Michaël Borremans (born 1963), painter
Eberhard Bosslet (born 1953)
Fernando Botero (born 1932), painter
Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010), sculptor and installation artist
Robert J Brawley (born 1936), painter
Candice Breitz (born 1972), video artist
Stuart Brisley (born 1933), performance artist
Glenn Brown (born 1966)
Angela Bulloch (born 1966)
Deborah Butterfield (born 1949), sculptor
Chris Burden (born 1946)
Gerard Byrne (born 1969), installation artist

C

Sophie Calle (born 1953), conceptual artist from France
Nuno de Campos (born 1969), painter
Janet Cardiff (born 1957), installation artist
Gerard Caris (born 1925)
Norman Carlberg (born 1928), sculptor
Gillian Carnegie (born 1971), painter
Anthony Caro (born 1924), sculptor
Antonio Caro (born 1950), painter, conceptualization
Nicolas Carone (1917–2010), painter, sculptor
James Casebere (born 1953), photographer
Maurizio Cattelan
John Cederquist (born 1946), American sculptor
Vija Celmins (born 1938)
John Chamberlain (1927–2011), sculptor
Jake and Dinos Chapman (born 1966 and 1962)
Judy Chicago (born 1939)
Dan Christensen (1942–2007), abstract painter
Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy (1952-2012) portrait painter and printmaker
Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1935 – 2009)
Lygia Clark (1920–1988)
Francesco Clemente (born 1952)
Chuck Close (born 1940), painter
Claude Closky (born 1963)
Jon Coffelt (born 1963), painter, new media, book arts, fiber art
Mat Collishaw (born 1966)
Tony Cragg (born 1945), sculptor
Michael Craig-Martin (born 1941), painter, printmaker, digital artist, sculpture
Martin Creed (born 1968), installation artist
José Luis Cuevas (born 1934), painter, print maker, sculptor

D

Dado (1933–2010)
Hanne Darboven (1941–2009)
Ian Davenport (born 1966), painter and printmaker
Ronald Davis (born 1937), abstract painter
Richard Deacon (born 1949), sculptor
Tacita Dean (born 1965), conceptual artist, filmmaker
Wim Delvoye (born 1965), neo-conceptual artist
Guy Denning (born 1965), painter
Rineke Dijkstra (born 1959), photographer
Sam Dillemans (born 1965), painter
Braco Dimitrijevic (born 1948)
Stephen DiRado (born 1957), photographer
Mark Divo (born 1966)
Peter Doig (born 1959), painter
Joel Ducorroy (born 1955), plate artist
Marlene Dumas (born 1953), painter
John Duncan (born 1953), performance, installation artist

E

Ólafur Elíasson (born 1967)
Tracey Emin (born 1963)
Ali Omar Ermes (born 1945)
Bracha Ettinger (born 1948)
Valie Export (born 1940)

F

Jan Fabre (born 1958)
Öjvind Fahlström (1928–1976)
Angus Fairhurst (1966–2008)
Ingrid Falk (born 1960)
Bernd Fasching (born 1955)
Charles Fazzino(born 1955)
Kenneth Feingold (born 1952)
Susan Fereday (born 1959), artist, photographer
Stephen Finer (born 1949)
Eric Fischl painter (born 1948)
Peter Fischli & David Weiss (born 1952, born 1946)
Dan Flavin (1933–1996)
Bruno Fonseca (1958–1994)
Caio Fonseca (born 1959)
Peter Forakis (1927–2009), sculptor
Jane Frank (1918–1986)
Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), painter
Andrea Fraser (born 1965), performance artist
Lucian Freud (1922–2011)
Tom Friedman (born 1965), conceptual sculptor

G

Anya Gallaccio (born 1963)
Harry Gamboa, Jr. (born 1951)
H.R. Giger (born 1940)
Isa Genzken (born 1948)
Gilbert and George, (born 1943 and 1942)
Sam Gilliam (born 1933), painter
Liam Gillick (born 1964)
Robert Gober (born 1954)
Ken Goldberg (born 1961)
Michael Goldberg (1924–2007), painter
Nan Goldin (born 1953), photographer
Jack Goldstein (1945–2003)
Andy Goldsworthy (born 1956)
Peter Golfinopoulos (born 1928)
Leon Golub (1922–2004)
Felix Gonzales-Torres (1957–1996)
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (born 1965), artist and filmmaker
Robert Goodnough (1917–2010)
Douglas Gordon (born 1966)
Antony Gormley (born 1950), sculptor
Dan Graham (born 1942)
Robert Graham (1938–2008)
Rodney Graham, (born 1949), photographer, installation artist
Cleve Gray (1918–2004)
Peter Grzybowski (born 1951), performance artist
Genco Gulan (born 1969), sculptor, performance artist
Don Gummer (born 1946), sculptor

H

Hans Haacke (born 1936), conceptual artist
Karl Hagedorn (1922–2005), painter
David Hall (born 1937), video artist
Richard Hamilton (1922–2011), painter, collagist
Keith Haring (1958–1990), painter, graffiti artist
Mona Hatoum (born 1952), performance artist
Carl Michael von Hausswolff (born 1956)
Tim Hawkinson (born 1960), sculpture artist
Gottfried Helnwein (born 1948), multimedia artist, installation artist, painter, photographer, performance artist
Diango Hernandez (born 1970), conceptual artist, painter
Eva Hesse (1936–1970), sculptor
Hugo Heyrman (born 1942), painter, multimedia artist
Gary Hill (born 1951), video artist
Susan Hiller (born 1940), installation artist
Damien Hirst (born 1965), installation artist
Tom Holland (born 1936), mixed media artist, painter
Saskia Holmkvist (born 1971), conceptual artist
Christian Holstad, (born 1972), conceptual artist
Jenny Holzer (born 1950), interdisciplinary artist
Peter Howson (born 1958), painter
Gary Hume (born 1962)
Pierre Huyghe (born 1962), media artist

I

John Stuart Ingle (born 1933), painter
Koji Ishikawa

J

Alfredo Jaar (born 1956), conceptual artist
Richard Jackson (born 1939), painter, installation
Michael (Mike) Jansen (born 1951), painter, performer and composer
Chantal Joffe (born 1969), painter
Jasper Johns (born 1930), painter, printmaker
Ray Johnson (1927–1995), pop artist, mail art
Mary Jordan (born 1969), filmmaker, performance artist and activist
Gerry Judah (born 1951), artist, designer
Donald Judd (1928–1994), sculptor
Isaac Julien (born 1960), filmmaker

K

Ilya Kabakov (born 1933), installation artist
Eduardo Kac (born 1962), transgenic artist
Stanya Kahn (born 1968), performance, video artist
Wolf Kahn (born 1927), landscapes, oil paints/pastels
Nabil Kanso (born 1946), painter
Anish Kapoor (born 1954), sculptor
On Kawara (born 1949), conceptual artist
Jonathon Keats (born 1971), conceptual artist
Mary Kelly conceptual artist
Mike Kelley (1954–2012)
Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923), painter
Anselm Kiefer (born 1945), painter
Manfred Kielnhofer (born 1967), sculptor, installation artist, photographer, painter
Edward Kienholz (born 1927), installation artist
Scott Kildall (born 1969), performance, new media, conceptual
Miru Kim (born 1981), photography
Bodys Isek Kingelez (born 1948), sculpture
Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997)
Komar and Melamid (born 1943 and 1945)
Jeff Koons (born 1949)
Mark Kostabi (born 1960), painter
Barbara Kruger (born 1949), artist and photographer
Yayoi Kusama (born 1929), installation artist, performance artist, painter

L

David LaChapelle (born 1963), photographer
Suzanne Lacy (born 1945), performance/public artist
Ronnie Landfield (born 1947), painter
Michael Landy (born 1963)
Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt (born 1948), installation, collage
Maria Lassnig (born 1919), painter
Matthieu Laurette (born 1970), multimedia, conceptual, installation, video artist
Robert Lazzarini (born 1965), sculptor, installation artist
Lee Bul (born 1964), sculpture, installation, conceptual artist
Lennie Lee (born 1958), multimedia, performance, video, photography
Zoe Leonard (born 1961), photographer and visual artist
Mark Lewis (born 1958) installation and film artist
Sol LeWitt (1928–2007), installation and conceptual artist
Allan Linder (born 1966), painter and sculptor
Claude-Max Lochu (born 1951), painter
Richard Long (born 1945)
Robert Longo (born 1953), painter and sculptor
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (born 1967), installation artist
Sarah Lucas (born 1962)
Cecilia Lundqvist (born 1971), video artist

M

Terence Main (born 1954), American modernist sculptor
Totte Mannes (born 1933), painter
Brice Marden (born 1938), painter
Milovan Destil Markovic (born 1957)
Agnes Martin (1912–2004), painter
Eugene J. Martin (1938–2005), painter
Paul McCarthy (born 1945)
Allan McCollum (born 1944)
Ryan McGinley (born 1977), photographer
Steve McQueen, (born 1969)
Cildo Meireles (born 1948), sculptor and installations
Ana Mendieta (1948–1985)
Thom Merrick (born 1963)
Boris Mikhailov (born 1938), photographer
Ksenia Milicevic (born 1942), painter and architect
Haroon Mirza (born 1977)
Franco Mondini-Ruiz (born 1961)
Sebastian Diaz Morales (born 1975), video artist
Yasumasa Morimura (born 1951), photographer
Robert Morris (born 1931)
Loren Munk (born 1951), painter
Leonard van Munster (born 1972), installation artist
Antoni Muntadas (born 1942)
Takashi Murakami (born 1962), sculptor and painter
Elizabeth Murray (1940–2007), painter
Wangechi Mutu (born 1972), painter

N

Bruce Nauman (born 1941)
Odd Nerdrum (born 1944), painter
Shirin Neshat (born 1957), visual artist
Alexander Ney (born 1939), sculptor and painter
Daniel Ng (born 1963), painter
Graham Nicholls (born 1975), installation artist
Kenneth Noland (1924–2010), painter
Ted Noten (born 1956), jewelry designer, conceptual and installation artist

O

Albert Oehlen (born 1954), painter
Markus Oehlen (born 1956), painter
Chris Ofili (born 1968), painter
Jules Olitski (1922–2007), painter
Arthur Omar (born 1948), photographer, filmmaker, video and installation artist,
Yoko Ono (born 1933), musician, artist
Orlan (born 1947), performance and body artist
Roman Opalka (1931–2011), painter
Julian Opie (born 1958), digital artist
Gabriel Orozco (born 1962), conceptual and installation artist

P

Nam June Paik (1932–2006), video artist
Roxy Paine (born 1966), sculptor
Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) sculptor
Cornelia Parker (born 1956)
Ray Parker (1922–1990), painter
Ed Paschke (1939–2004)
Stefano Pasquini (born 1969), sculpture, video and installation artist
Virginia Patrone (born 1950), painter
Simon Patterson (born 1967)
Oliver Payne and Nick Relph (born 1977 and 1979), video artists
Pedro Pedraja (born 1974), painter
Jacques Pellegrin (born 1944), painter
Manuel Pereira da Silva (1920–2003), sculptor
Grayson Perry (born 1960)
Elizabeth Peyton (born 1965), painter
Richard Piegza (born 1954), performance, video and installation artist
Steven Pippin (born 1960)
Philip Pocock (born 1954), internet and installation artist
Ihor Podolchak (born 1962), painter, printmaker and filmmaker
Mark Podwal (born 1945)
Sigmar Polke (born 1941–2010)
Larry Poons (born 1937), painter
William Powhida (born 1976)
Kenneth Price (1935–2012), ceramicist, sculptor
Richard Prince (born 1949), painter and photographer
Martin Puryear (born 1941), sculptor

Q

Li Qing (artist) (born 1981), painter, photographer, video artist
Marc Quinn (born 1964), sculptor

R

Alessandro Raho (born 1971)
Yvonne Rainer (born 1934), performance artist
Rallé (born 1949), artist
Neo Rauch (born 1960), painter
Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008), painter, collagist, printmaker, neo-dadaist
Peter Reginato (born 1945), sculptor
Marc Rembold (born 1963), painter, sculptor, and new media
Seund Ja Rhee (1918–2009), painter, printmaker, and ceramist
Jason Rhoades (1965–2006), installation artist and sculptor
Jesse Richards (born 1975), artist
Peter Richards (born 1970), artist, curator
Gerhard Richter (born 1932), painter
Ken Rinaldo (born 1958), electronic installation/robotics
Pipilotti Rist (born 1962)
James Rosenquist (born 1933), painter
Ernest Ruckle (born 1940), painter
Thomas Ruff (born 1958), photographer
Edward Ruscha (born 1937), painter, printmaker and filmmaker

S

Anri Sala (born 1974)
Chéri Samba (born 1956), painter
Jean-Michel Sanejouand (born 1934), painter and sculptor
David Salle (born 1952) painter
Michael Salter (born 1967) digital artist, installation artist, painter, photographer
Dominique Sanson (born 1949), painter
Bojan Sarcevic (born 1974), sculptor
Arthur Sarkissian (born 1960), painter
Raymond Saunders (born 1934), painter
Jenny Saville (born 1970), painter
Julian Schnabel (born 1951), painter, sculptor and filmmaker
Carolee Schneemann (born 1939), performance artist
Stefanie Schneider (born 1968), photographer
Thomas Schütte (born 1954), sculptor
Richard Serra (born 1939), sculptor
Stephen Shanabrook (born 1965), sculptor
Joel Shapiro (born 1941), sculptor
Cindy Sherman (born 1954), photographer, performance artist
Yinka Shonibare (born 1962)
Amy Sillman (born 1966), painter
Lorna Simpson (born 1960), interdisciplinary artist
Victor Sloan (born 1945), photographer, mixed media artist, video artist,
Bob and Roberta Smith (born 1958)
Jack Smith (1932–1989), film director
Kiki Smith (born 1954)
Michael Snow (born 1929), filmmaker, musician, painter
Joan Snyder (born 1940), painter
Konstantia Sofokleous (born 1974), video artist, drawings
Erik Sommer (born 1978), painter and sculptor
Keith Sonnier (born 1941), sculptor
Joe Stefanelli (born 1921), painter
Frank Stella (born 1936), painter, printmaker
Sarah Sze (born 1969), sculptor

T

Tomoko Takahashi (born 1966), installation artist
Mark Tansey (born 1949), painter
Sam Taylor-Wood (born 1967)
Diana Thater (born 1962), video
Paul Thek (1933–1988)
Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920), painter, printmaker
Arthur Thrall (born 1926), printmaker, painter
Wolfgang Tillmans (born 1968), photographer
Rirkrit Tiravanija (born 1961)
Mark Titchner painter and philosopher
Francisco Toledo (born 1940), painter, print maker, sculptor
Slaven Tolj (born 1964), performance, installation artist
Helmut Tollmann (born 1945), painter
Scott Treleaven (born 1975)
Rosemarie Trockel (born 1952)
Zoja Trofimiuk (born 1952), sculptor, printmaker
Ayako Tsuru (born 1941), muralist artist
Israel Tsvaygenbaum (born 1961), Russian-American artist
Gavin Turk (born 1967)
James Turrell (born 1943)
Richard Tuttle (born 1941), postminimalist
Luc Tuymans (born 1958), painter
Cy Twombly (1928–2011), painter
Jacek Tylicki (born 1951), multimedia artist
Keith Tyson (born 1969)
PINK de Thierry (born 1943)

U

Francis Upritchard (born 1976)

V

Cybèle Varela (born 1943)
Vladimír Vašícek (1919–2003), painter
Lydia Venieri (born 1964)
Bill Viola (born 1951)
John Virtue (born 1947)
Wolf Vostell (1932–1998) multimedia artist
Peter Voulkos (1924–2002), ceramicist, sculptor

W

Jeff Wall (born 1946), photographer
Magnus Wallin (born 1965), video artist
Mark Wallinger (born 1959)
Suling Wang (born 1968), painter
Andy Warhol (1928–1987), pop artist
Gillian Wearing (born 1963)
Lawrence Weiner (born 1942), conceptual artist
Monika Weiss (born 1964), installation, video and performance artist
Ai Weiwei (born 1957), Chinese, conceptual artist
Jean Wells, contemporary pop artist
Franz West (born 1947)
Rachel Whiteread (born 1963), sculptor
Hannah Wilke (1940–1993), sculptor
Jerry Wilkerson (1943–2007), painter
Thornton Willis (born 1936), painter
Jane and Louise Wilson (born 1967), installation artists
Richard Wilson (born 1953), installation artist
Shaun Wilson (born 1972), video artist
Joel-Peter Witkin (born 1939), photographer
Francesca Woodman (1958–1981), photographer
Wu Guanzhong (born 1919), painter
Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), painter

X

Xing Xin (born 1981), performance artist

Y

Peter Young (born 1940), painter
Yang Maolin (born 1953), painter, sculptor

Z

Andrea Zittel (born 1965), installation artist
Larry Zox (1936–2006), painter
Zheng Lianjie (born 1962), ink painting, performance, installation artist

 

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