The most popular artists in America according to YouGov Ratings. Popularity is based on millions of responses from the American public and YouGov's innovative survey methodology.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most famous contemporary artists and American painters of all time, emerged from the early ‘80s American Punk scene in New York and swiftly became recognised in the international art circuit for work such as his abstract paintings of faces.
- Peter Doig (b. 1959) Peter Doig is a Scottish artist who spent most of his formative years in Trinidad and Canada, and studied art in England. His contemporary art is described by the Saatchi Gallery as containing themes of magical realism, “capturing timeless moments of perfect tranquillity, where photo-album memory flits in and out of waking dream.”
- Christopher Wool (b. 1955) Christopher Wool first made a name for himself in the New York contemporary fine arts scene in the 1980’s. He is best known for his modern art paintings of words, his trademark white canvases with large black stencilled letters.
- Rudolf Stingel (b. 1956) Rudolf Stingel is an Italian artist based in New York. Since the ‘80s, Stingel’s contemporary art is concerned with interrogating his chosen medium of painting and subverting notions of authenticity, hierarchy, meaning, and context.
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Among these 51 most popular contemporary artists, we’d like to highlight the American component as a cultural pillar of post-war art history. American art has not only supplanted the European one for historical reasons, but still has the predominance in the narrative of the evolution of art.