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A Complete list of the Top 100 Contemporary Artists

4 February - 2024
by Vincent Moleveld
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Dive into the realm of artistic brilliance with our exclusive list featuring the Top 100 Contemporary Artists. This carefully curated collection spans the globe and encapsulates the profound impact these artists have had on the ever-evolving landscape of modern art.

From the iconic Andy Warhol to the innovative Yayoi Kusama, each name on this list is a beacon of creativity, contributing significantly to the rich tapestry of contemporary artistic expression. Explore the diverse styles, techniques, and cultural influences that define this prestigious selection, showcasing the dynamic evolution of art over the years.

Join us on this exploration through the remarkable legacies of artists like Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, and Louise Bourgeois, each bringing a unique perspective to the world of art. Whether pioneers of conceptual art or masters of visual storytelling, these artists have left an enduring mark, reshaping the boundaries of creativity for generations to come.

This list is a tribute to the enduring legacy of these artistic luminaries. No images needed – let their names speak volumes about the profound impact they've had on the world of contemporary art. Explore, appreciate, and immerse yourself in the unparalleled world of these Top 100 Contemporary Artists.

Top 100 Contemporary Artists

  1. Andy Warhol (1928–1987, United States)
  2. Pablo Picasso (1881–1973, Spain)
  3. Gerhard Richter (1932–, Germany)
  4. Joseph Beuys (1921–1986, Germany)
  5. Cindy Sherman (1954–, United States)
  6. Bruce Nauman (1941–, United States)
  7. Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010, France)
  8. Georg Baselitz (1938–, Germany)
  9. Wolfgang Tillmans (1968–, Germany)
  10. Sol LeWitt (1928–2007, United States)
  11. Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008, United States)
  12. Thomas Ruff (1958–, Germany)
  13. Rosemarie Trockel (1952–, Germany)
  14. Yayoi Kusama (1929–, Japan)
  15. Sigmar Polke (1941–2010, Germany)
  16. Nam June Paik (1932–2006, United States, South Korea)
  17. Erwin Wurm (1954–, Austria)
  18. David Hockney (1937–, United Kingdom)
  19. Kiki Smith (1954–, United States)
  20. Ed Ruscha (1937–, United States)
  21. William Kentridge (1955–, South Africa)
  22. Nan Goldin (1953–, United States)
  23. Henri Matisse (1869–1954, France)
  24. John Baldessari (1931–2020, United States)
  25. Olafur Eliasson (1967–, Denmark)
  26. Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996, United States)
  27. Valie Export (1940–, Austria)
  28. Mona Hatoum (1952–, Lebanon)
  29. Alex Katz (1927–, United States)
  30. Joan Miró (1893–1983, Spain)
  31. Lawrence Weiner (1942–2021, United States)
  32. Imi Knoebel (1940–, Germany)
  33. Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997, United States)
  34. Man Ray (1890–1976, United States)
  35. Anselm Kiefer (1945–, Germany)
  36. Richard Serra (1938–, United States)
  37. Ana Mendieta (1948–1985, Cuba)
  38. Francis Alys (1959–, Belgium)
  39. Maria Lassnig (1919–2014, Austria)
  40. Ai Weiwei (1957–, China)
  41. Max Ernst (1891–1976, Germany)
  42. Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968, France)
  43. Arnulf Rainer (1929–, Austria)
  44. Kader Attia (1970–, France)
  45. Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976, Belgium)
  46. Jenny Holzer (1950–, United States)
  47. Alexander Calder (1898–1976, United States)
  48. Josef Albers (1888–1976, Germany)
  49. Marina Abramovic (1946–, Serbia)
  50. Paul Klee (1879–1940, Germany, Switzerland)
  51. Isa Genzken (1948–, Germany)
  52. Kara Walker (1969–, United States)
  53. Franz West (1947–2012, Austria)
  54. Alicja Kwade (1979–, Germany, Poland)
  55. Otobong Nkanga (1974–, Belgium, Nigeria)
  56. Christian Boltanski (1944–2021, France)
  57. Yoko Ono (1933–, Japan)
  58. Ugo Rondinone (1964–, Switzerland)
  59. Heimo Zobernig (1958–, Austria)
  60. Dieter Roth (1930–1998, Germany, Switzerland)
  61. Lucio Fontana (1899–1968, Italy, Argentina)
  62. Laure Prouvost (1978–, France)
  63. Hito Steyerl (1966–, Germany)
  64. Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997, Germany)
  65. Tacita Dean (1965–, United Kingdom)
  66. François Morellet (1926–2016, France)
  67. On Kawara (1933–2014, Japan)
  68. Daniel Buren (1938–, France)
  69. Jasper Johns (1930–, United States)
  70. Tony Cragg (1949–, United Kingdom)
  71. Sean Scully (1945–, Ireland (Republic))
  72. Zanele Muholi (1972–, South Africa)
  73. Thomas Struth (1954–, Germany)
  74. Carrie Mae Weems (1953–, United States)
  75. Damien Hirst (1965–, United Kingdom)
  76. Candida Höfer (1944–, Germany)
  77. Andreas Gursky (1955–, Germany)
  78. Richard Long (1945–, United Kingdom)
  79. Harun Farocki (1944–2014, Germany)
  80. Leiko Ikemura (1951–, Switzerland, Japan)
  81. Douglas Gordon (1966–, United Kingdom)
  82. Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966, Switzerland)
  83. Louise Lawler (1947–, United States)
  84. Christian Marclay (1955–, Switzerland, United States)
  85. Donald Judd (1928–1994, United States)
  86. Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015, United States)
  87. Albert Oehlen (1954–, Germany)
  88. Cy Twombly (1928–2011, United States)
  89. Rirkrit Tiravanija (1961–, Argentina)
  90. Daniel Spoerri (1930–, Switzerland)
  91. Günther Förg (1952–2013, Germany)
  92. Martha Rosler (1943–, United States)
  93. Alighiero Boëtti (1940–1994, Italy)
  94. Michelangelo Pistoletto (1933–, Italy)
  95. Marlene Dumas (1953–, Netherlands, South Africa)
  96. Monica Bonvicini (1965–, Italy)
  97. Christo & Jeanne-Claude (France, Bulgaria)
  98. Hiroshi Sugimoto (1948–, Japan)
  99. Jannis Kounellis (1936–2017, Italy, Greece)
  100. Anish Kapoor (1954–, India)