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5 LGBTQ+ Artists That Have Made a Lasting Impact on The Art World

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For Pride Month, we are celebrating some of the incredible LGBTQ+ creatives that have impacted the art world! Here are 5 famous LGBTQ+ artists that you should know.

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5 LGBTQ+ Artists That Have Made a Lasting Impact on The Art World

StrFig_BlogFT_5LGBTQ+Artists
For Pride Month, we are celebrating some of the incredible LGBTQ+ creatives that have impacted the art world! Here are 5 famous LGBTQ+ artists that you should know.

In honor of Pride Month, we are excited to celebrate some of the LGBTQ+ artists who’ve made a huge impact on the art world. Here you’ll find just 5 of the world’s most talented artists whose work has been incredibly influential on their medium of art.

1. Patricia Cronin


As a painter and sculptor, Patricia Cronin works to reflect her own life back to the world through her installations. Showcasing the perspective of a lesbian and feminist, she works to critique marriage, politics, and gender through her work. One of the best examples of this is through the 2002 Memorial to a Marriage, which showcases her partner Deborah Kass and herself in bed.

 Memorial to a Marriage Cronin, Patricia, 2004.
ICE.2011.2.a MIXED MEDIA ART WORKS; SCULPTURE sculpture Memorial to a Marriage Cronin, Patricia United States, New York, Brooklyn (place of manufacture); United States, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery (place associated) 2004 bronze overall: 1340 mm x 670 mm x 430 mm Bronze sculpture entitled ‘Memorial to a Marriage’ by Patricia Cronin, 2004. A 2/3 size cast of a carrera marble sculpture depicting the artist and her partner Deborah Kass. The original is installed on their burial plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York.

2. Zanele Muholi

Originally from South Africa, photographer and videographer Zanele Muholi focuses on black queer embodiment within their work. Muholi’s images include black trans and intersex individuals and also hopes to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis and corrective sexual assault issues within her home country. Recent work acts as a commentary on recent events in South Africa, which transforms everyday images into a political commentary.

Zanele Muholi (b.1972) Miss D’vine II, 2007.
Zanele Muholi (b.1972) Miss D’vine II 2007 Lambda print 765 x 765 mm Courtesy of the Artist and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York © Zanele Muholi

3. Robert Rauschenberg

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) started making art in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Robert Rauschenberg collaborated with artists such as Merce Cunningham and John Cage during his career. His graphic art and painting influenced many different art forms, including sculpture and contemporary dance. He is possibly best known for the Combines, which was a series combining everyday objects and using them as art materials.

Robert Rauschenberg, The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (detail).
Robert Rauschenberg, The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (detail), 1981–98, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, installation view, Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, October 28, 2018–June 9, 2019, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

4. Catherine Opie

Born in 1961, Catherine Opie is a photographer who is best known for trying to answer questions about sexual identity and an individual’s relationship with their community. One of Opie’s most influential pieces was entitled Self-Portrait/Nursing, which showcases the pain of the artist’s childhood years while bringing up a child of her own in the image.

Catherine Opie, Pig Pen, 1993.
Pig Pen, 1993. Chromogenic print, 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm). Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Lehmann Maupin, New York/Hong Kong/Seoul/London; Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Naples; and Peder Lund, Oslo. Portraits (1993–97)

5. Beauford Delaney

Beauford Delaney was a prominent figure within the Harlem Renaissance and was known for his work as an abstract expressionist. During his life, he struggled with the pressures of being gay and black, which are reflected in his work. He was known for painting colorful Modernist work, which depicted New York and its popular jazz clubs. Delaney was regularly commissioned to create portraits of other influential black figures, such as James Baldwin.

Beauford Delaney, Self-portrait, 1944.
Beauford Delaney, Self-portrait, 1944. Photo: Estate of Beauford Delaney by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY