200 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
The following list of creative practitioners
was compiled by our editor using a number of criteria and information
sources, including: (1) sales results at art auctions (2) exhibitions
at major institutions and galleries (3) assessments by the Royal Academy
(4) internet search results over a 6-month period and (5) reviews in art
magazines and online art publications.
NOTE: All Chinese artists are listed according
to their first name (their family name): thus for example "Liu Bolin"
is listed under the letter "L".
Marina Abramovich (b.1946)
Serbian Performance Artist, also involved in body
Tomma Abts (b.1967)
German-born abstract painter, Turner Prize winner. See also Minimalist
Ai Weiwei (b.1957)
Chinese contemporary artist, noted for his sculptural installations, wood
carving, video and photography. Also noted for his architectural designwork
relating to the Tsai Residence (New York) and the Beijing National Stadium.
Ai Xuan (b.1947)
Chinese contemporary realist painter best known for his Tibetan figurative
works and landscape paintings. Half-brother of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Allora & Calzadilla (b.1974 and 1971)
US/Cuban avant-garde artist duo known for performance, sculpture, video
and sound art.
Will Alsop RA (b.1947)
British architect, Stirling Prize winner, noted for modernist buildings
typically distinguished by their bright colours and avant-garde forms.
Pawel Althamer (b.1967)
Contemporary Polish sculptor, part of the 'Kowalski Studio' at the Warsaw
Academy of Fine Arts; creator of installations and video art.
Francis Alys (b.1959)
Belgian postmodernist artist involved in performance events which are
recorded in video, photographs, painting, and animation.
Ron Arad RA (b.1951)
Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architect. Head of Design Products
Department at the Royal College of Art.
Bryant Arnold (b.1970)
US cartoonist and caricature artist.
Anonymous British street artist noted for his witty graffiti
art and stencilled design work.
Matthew Barney (b.1967)
American artist involved in sculpture, photography, drawing and film.
Includes sculptural installations combined with performance and video.
Creator of The Cremaster Cycle.
Yael Bartana (b.1970)
Israeli video artist whose avant-garde photography, film, and sound works
explore social, spiritual, and political issues.
US graffiti painter, later mainstream artist.
Tony Bevan RA (b.1951)
Contemporary British painter, graduate of Goldsmiths' College.
John Bock (b.1965)
German multi-media artist best known for his performances. Noted for his
environments made from found objects,
and for video and film art.
Martin Boyce (b.1967)
Scottish avant-garde installation artist and sculptor, Turner Prize winner,
best known for his installation 'Do Words Have Voices?'
Mr. Brainwash (MBW) Thierry Guetta (b.1966)
Street artist, filmmaker.
Ulla von Brandenburg (b.1974)
German postmodernist multi-media artist active in film, drawing, installation,
and performance art.
Nick Brandt (b.1966)
British photographer, painter and filmmaker, noted for his portrait-style,
close-up photos of African animals.
Steve Brodner (b.1954)
US satirical illustrator noted for his caricature
art and cartoons.
Cecily Brown (b.1969)
British painter, noted for gestural figurative painting.
Glenn Brown (b.1966)
Contemporary British painter whose works borrow from the paintings and
sculptures of Rembrandt, Dali, Auerbach, science fiction illustration
and other works of popular culture.
Chris Burden (b.1946)
US avant-garde performance and installation artist, pioneer of body art.
Philip Burke (b.1956)
US Caricaturist noted for brash use of colour. Won Gold Medal from the
Society of Illustrators for caricature of Dick Cheney (Vanity Fair).
Cai Guo-qiang (b.1957)
Chinese contemporary artist whose art draws on fengshui, shanshui paintings,
science, flora and fauna, portraiture, and fireworks. Noted for his gunpowder
Raymond Campbell (b.1956)
British oil painter specializing in still life paintings of vintage wine
bottles, sepia photographs and other tableaux. See also: Contemporary
British Painting (1960-2000).
Maurizio Cattelan (b.1960)
Italian sculptor best known for his satirical sculptures, like La Nona
Ora (The Ninth Hour), which portrayed the Pope John Paul II being
struck by a meteorite.
Stephen Chambers RA (b.1960)
British engraver, printmaker, noted for use of colour.
Chen Danqing (b.1953)
Chinese painter initially a socialist-realist but best known for his famous
Tibetan Series (Xizang zuhua, 1980) that influenced the emerging Native
Soil Painting movement.
Chen Yifei (1946-2005)
Chinese classic-style painter. One of the leading oil painters of the
Cultural Revolution, he was noted for his large-scale Mao Zedong portraits.
David Chipperfield RA (b.1953)
British architect, worked for Norman Foster and Richard Rogers. Professor
of Architecture, Stuttgart; Visiting Professor at Yale University.
Ann Christopher RA (b.1947)
British sculptress, noted for postmodernist abstract
George Condo (b.1957)
American contemporary multi-media artist, inventor of "Artificial
Realism", the merging of traditional European Old Master painting
with American Pop culture.
Eileen Cooper RA (b.1953)
English contemporary painter, printmaker, noted for stylised paintings
Stephen Cox RA (b.1946)
British sculptor noted for monolithic sculptures, site specific pieces
in Italy, India, Egypt.
Tony Cragg RA (b.1949)
British sculptor, Turner Prize winner and Professor of Art, noted for
contemporary sculptures and installations made from found materials.
Martin Creed (b.1968)
Contemporary installationist, Turner Prize winner, best known for his
avant-garde installation "Work No. 227: The lights going on and off".
Gregory Crewdson (b.1962)
American photographer best known for carefully staged photos of American
homes and neighborhoods, typically set in small-town America, featuring
disturbing, surreal events.
John Currin (b.1962)
New York painter noted for satirical figurative paintings that borrow
from a wide range of sources like the Renaissance, popular magazines,
and contemporary fashion models.
Enzo Cucchi (b.1949)
Italian painter associated with Neo-expressionism,
member of Transvanguardia group.
Ian Davenport (b.1966)
Young British Artist, Goldsmith's graduate, noted for his abstract painting
and his experimental technique of pouring household gloss paint onto a
Grenville Davey (b.1961)
British postmodernist sculptor, Turner Prize winner, often minimalist
in style. Uses everyday objects and 'readymades'.
Richard Deacon (b.1949)
Versatile Welsh abstract sculptor, Turner Prize winner.
Tacita Dean RA (b.1965)
Avant-garde British artist involved in film. Noted for conceptualism.
Jeremy Deller (b.1966)
Contemporary artist specializing in avant-garde mixed media, Turner Prize
Anne Desmet RA (b.1964)
British printer specializing in wood engraving,
linocuts, mixed media collages.
Rineke Dijkstra (b.1959)
Dutch Photographer who specializes in series of single portraits of adolescents,
party-goers, and soldiers.
Mark Dion (b.1961)
American installationist who employs scientific presentations in his installations.
Winner of Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), Joan Mitchell Foundation
Peter Doig (b.1959)
Contemporary Scottish figurative painter.
Marlene Dumas (b.1953)
South African painter now in Amsterdam, who focuses on oil
painting and ink on paper. Also noted for collages, prints and installations.
Jimmie Durham (b.1940)
American-born sculptor best known for sculptures challenging conventional
representations of North American Indians.
Michael Dweck (b.1957)
American art photographer best known for his surfer-photos in his photo-book
"The End: Montauk, N.Y". Also noted for his other books "Mermaids"
and "Habana Libre".
Olafur Eliasson (b.1967)
Danish-Icelandic avant-garde artist best known for sculptures and large-scale
installations featuring the use of water, light and heat. See: Ice
Michael Elmgreen (b.1961; Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b.1969;
Scandinavian contemporary installation artists whose work explores the
relationship between art, architecture and design.
Tracey Emin RA (b.1963)
Young British Artist, best known for her experimental drawings, paintings,
installations. Now also known for her activities as a curator.
James English (b.1946)
Irish still-life painter. See also: Contemporary
Cerith Wyn Evans (b.1958)
Postmodernist Welsh conceptual artist, sculptor and film-maker.
Shepard Fairey (b.1970)
American street artist, graphic designer and illustrator best known for
his Barack Obama "Hope" poster. See also: Graphic
Fan Yang (b.1955)
Chinese artist and art critic, Professor of Nanjing University of painting
department, director of China National Painting Academy Landscape Painter
Fang Lijun (b.1963)
Chinese contemporary painter, a leading member of the Cynical Realism
movement, based on an emancipated post-collective, post-cultural revolution
Rainer Fetting (b.1949)
German Neo-Expressionist painter, member of Neuen Widen group.
Eric Fishl (b.1948)
New York postmodernist figure painter, noted for his voyeuristic pictures
Bad Boy (1981) and Birthday Boy (1983), as well as his 9/11
canvas entitled Tumbling Woman (2001-2).
Gunther Forg (b.1952-2013)
German abstract painter, graphic designer, sculptor and architectural
photographer, influenced by Abstract Expressionism.
Isa Genzken (b.1948)
German contemporary sculptor, noted for her use of concrete, plaster,
wood and textile. Also noted for her collage art,
installations, photography, video and film.
Irish figurative sculptor best known for "Irish Famine statues".
Liam Gillick (b.1964)
Young British Artist, Goldsmith's graduate, now noted for his installations
and conceptual art.
Robert Gober (b.1954)
American postmodernist sculptor whose meticulously crafted works focus
on familiar domestic objects such as sinks, doors, and legs. Also noted
for his photography, prints, and drawing.
Nan Goldin (b.1953)
American experimental photographer best known for her series documenting
New York's post-punk new-wave music scene, along with the city's post-Stonewall
gay subculture, and other series on society's marginalized minority groups.
Andy Goldsworthy (b.1956)
British contemporary artist noted for his land
art, sculpture and, photography.
Douglas Gordon (b.1966)
Scottish contemporary artist and Turner Prize winner, noted for his video
works, installations and lens-based art.
Antony Gormley (b.1950)
British Sculptor, Turner Prize winner, noted for large scale outdoor works
and indoor sculpture-installations.
Rodney Graham (b.1949)
Canadian multi-media avant-garde artist, associated with the Vancouver
School, best known for film and video works, art photography, painting,
drawing, sculpture, and installations.
Mark Grotjahn (b.1968)
American contemporary painter noted for his geometric abstract
art, and his densely worked coloured pencil
Guo Runwen (b.1955)
Chinese painter and lecturer in oil painting at the China Central Academy
of Fine Arts, noted for hyperrealist figure paintings.
Sudobh Gupta (b.1964)
Indian sculptor, installation, painter, performance/video artist.
Andreas Gursky (b.1955)
German art photographer noted for architectural and other outdoor photographs.
Keith Haring (1958-90)
American graffiti artist noted for his public
art in the streets and subways of New York, and for his heavy-handed
sexual, political and activist style of imagery.
Mona Hatoum (b.1952)
Beirut-born Palestinian artist noted for her confrontational performance
art as well as her sculpture, video works and installations.
He Jiaying (b.1957)
Chinese painter, trained in Gongbi painting, now a professor in the Tianjin
Academy of Arts, noted for his figure painting
and elegant colouring.
Thomas Hirschhorn (b.1957)
Swiss contemporary installation artist, formerly a graphic artist with
Grapus group in Paris, now noted for his hypersaturated installations
and junk art. Winner of Marcel
Duchamp Prize, and Kurt Schwitters Prize.
Damien Hirst (b.1965)
Leader of the Young
British Artists, Turner Prize winner, best known for installation
consisting of pickled tiger shark.
Carsten Holler (b.1961)
Belgian avant-garde multi-media installation artist associated with the
Relational Aesthetics movement.
Jenny Holzer (b.1950)
American conceptual artist best known for her large-scale public displays
including projections on building exteriors and other architectural structures,
as well as illuminated electronic displays.
Pierre Huyghe (b.1962)
French postmodernist multi-media artist best known for his film and video
installations and public interventions.
Jorg Immendorf (1945-2007)
Contemporary German painter, sculptor, stage designer and professor of
Christian Jankowski (b.1968)
German multimedia artist who works mostly with video, installation and
Nadav Kander (b.1961)
Fine art photographer best known for his documentary photographs taken
in China along the Yangtze river.
Anish Kapoor (b.1954)
Anglo-Indian sculptor, Turner Prize winner, noted for his monumental public
Mike Kelley (1954-2012)
Versatile American artist noted for his avant-garde found objects, textile
banners, drawings, assemblage, collage, performance and video.
Neil K. Kempsell (b.1959)
Scottish cartoonist and caricaturist.
Michael Kenna (b.1953)
British art photographer noted for his sparse, minimalist black-and-white
landscapes, typically shot in remote locations.
William Kentridge (b.1955)
South African contemporary artist best known for his drawings, prints
and animated films. Also noted for his tapestry
art and sculptures.
Anselm Kiefer (b.1945)
German painter and sculptor, student of Joseph Beuys and Peter Dreher,
best known for his honesty in addressing controversial issues from recent
history such as the Holocaust.
Martin Kippenberger (1953-97)
Highly talented but hard-drinking German contemporary artist who produced
an enormous mixed bag of painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs,
lithography and installations.
A central figure in the circle of German enfants terribles including
Werner Buttner, Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen, Gunther Forg, Dieter Gols
and Georg Herold.
Nick Knight (b.1958)
Fashion and art photographer noted for his iconoclastic views on beauty
and for his honesty in tackling disability and racism.
Jeff Koons (b.1955)
Pop sculptor best known for his brightly-coloured stainless steel 'balloon
Joseph Kosuth (b.1945)
American installation and conceptual artist, whose work strives to explore
the nature of art rather than to create what is traditionally called 'art'.
Barbara Kruger (b.1945)
American conceptual artist best known for her black-and-white photographs
overlaid with captions in Helvetica Ultra Condensed or Futura Bold Oblique
Sebastian Kruger (b.1963)
German acrylics painter, pioneer of New Pop Realism.
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