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Top 5 Most Creative Artists

Top 5 Most Creative Artists

Our team took votes on our top 5 creative artists.

5. Frida Kahlo

She was the pride of Mexico and one of the most important symbols of the feminist movement. Her works are considered as examples of surrealistic self-portraits and personal and physical suffering. Her paintings reflect the grim reality of life and the world.

Top 5 Most Creative Artists

4. Pablo Picasso

Picasso had many painting styles. When he was a youth, he painted realistically. In his early adulthood, he entered his blue and rose periods. After that, he made a foray into Cubism. Next, he began to experiment with collage and sculpture. Picasso was always creating within different styles. Like Matisse, Picasso felt that creativity wasn’t something one could call on whenever. He felt that creativity could only come out when engaged in work. “Inspiration exists,” Picasso says, “but it has to find you working.”

Top 5 Most Creative Artists

3. Michelangelo

Michelangelo needed very little sleep and was usually so drawn up in his work that he would spend weeks in the same clothes and shoes. His servant reported that when Michelangelo did take off his shoes, the skin on his feet would peel off like a snake’s. Michelangelo was a highly focused artist, but his creativity wasn’t something he took for granted. He wrote, “Critique by creating.” Michelangelo felt that he could respond to others by doing a better job than they could.

Top 5 Most Creative Artists

2. Vincent Van Gough

During Vincent Van Gogh’s lifetime, he sold only one out of the roughly 900 paintings he made. After Van Gough’s death his energetic, captivating style stormed the world and redefined the boundaries of art. “Occasionally, in times of worry,” Vincent Van Gogh writes to his younger brother, Theo, “I’ve longed to be stylish, but on second thought I say no–just let me be myself–and express rough, yet true things with rough workmanship.” For Van Gogh, creativity was about honest expression as opposed to style and craft. He wanted to express himself and didn’t care about the quality of his attempts.

Top 5 Most Creative Artists

1. Salvador Dali

Dali’s melting clocks, capes, and eccentric dress, and upturned mustache have made him an iconic artist. And you probably see his work on a daily or weekly basis when you’re checking out the bodega. He designed the Chupa Chups logo. Dali’s creativity likely stems from brutal honesty with himself. He writes, “Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.” Dali was able to produce more than 1,500 paintings because he was never scared of making mistakes and being less than perfect.

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