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Top 30 Artists alive contemporary art painting

The most famous contemporary artists worldwide who work mainly as painters - ranked by attention since 2004, as measured by the Art Report method. These include, for example, oil paint on canvas or wood, gouache and watercolour, as well as fresco and its contemporary paint art variant the graffiti art.



ranking name nation lives in born born in medium gain 2016 total AR-points
1 Andy Warhol US New York 1928 Pittsburgh painting 10.4% 62231
 
2 Gerhard Richter DE Cologne 1932 Dresden painting 8.4% 44579
 
3 Pablo Picasso ES Mougins bei Cannes 1881 Malaga painting 11.3% 41314
 
4 Sigmar Polke DE Cologne 1941 Oels painting 7.5% 30785
 
5 Ed Ruscha US Los Angeles 1937 Omaha painting 9.7% 27866
 
6 Georg Baselitz DE Munich 1938 Deutschbaselitz painting 11.1% 27436
 
7 Robert Rauschenberg US Captiva 1925 Port Arthur painting 11.8% 26452
 
8 Francis Alÿs BE Mexico City 1959 Antwerp painting 6.5% 25052
 
9 Mike Kelley US Los Angeles 1954 Detroit painting 4.6% 24325
 
10 Anselm Kiefer DE Paris 1945 Donaueschingen painting 10.1% 23315
 
11 Roy Lichtenstein US New York 1923 New York painting 8.7% 22746
 
12 Yayoi Kusama JP New York 1929 Nagano painting 12.4% 21936
 
13 Martin Kippenberger DE Düsseldorf 1953 Dortmund painting 6.2% 21889
 
14 Heimo Zobernig AT Vienna 1958 Mauthen, Kärnten painting 15% 21224
 
15 Lucio Fontana AR Varwese/IT 1899 Rosario de Santa Fe painting 6.9% 19624
 
16 Imi Knoebel DE Düsseldorf 1940 Dessau painting 9.3% 19003
 
17 Michelangelo Pistoletto IT Turin 1933 Biella painting 5.6% 18900
 
18 Henri Matisse FR Nizza 1869 Le Cateau-Cambrésis painting 9.8% 18751
 
19 Paul Klee CH Muralto / Locarno 1879 Bern painting 11.7% 18356
 
20 Ilya Kabakov UA Long Island 1933 Dnejpropetrowsk painting 5.4% 18289
 
21 Cy Twombly US Rome 1928 Lexington painting 14.7% 18109
 
22 Marlene Dumas ZA Amsterdam 1953 Cape Town painting 4.9% 17965
 
23 David Hockney GB Los Angeles 1937 Bradford painting 7.6% 17911
 
24 Richard Prince PA New York 1949 Panama painting 4.4% 17299
 
25 Frank Stella US New York 1936 Malden painting 16.3% 16634
 
26 Günther Förg DE Munich 1952 Füssen painting 8% 16625
 
27 Yves Klein FR Paris 1928 Nizza painting 8.7% 16125
 
28 Alighiero Boetti IT Rome 1940 Turin painting 8.1% 15984
 
29 Max Ernst DE Paris 1891 Brühl painting 8.7% 15927
 
30 Jasper Johns US Stony Point 1930 Allendale painting 7.6% 15883