Four Best-Selling Modern-day Artists: Today’s Worldwide Art Stars

Our modern world even exists with well-known artists who are still alive today. Some of them might be known to you but the majority may not. But they are living together with us, and they contribute success to our contemporary arts.

Gerhard Richter

  1. Gerhard Richter (German Painter)

In 1932, Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden, Germany and was widely known for his extensive variety of painting genera and methods. He perfectly combines two different art styles as he crafts ideas through squeegee and rhetorical depictions that look photographic. His worldwide popularity and success are believed to be due to his mastery of ambiguity.

He became the top-selling living artist after selling one of his paintings, Abstraktes Bild, to Eric Clapton at a tremendous record price of $34 Million at Sotheby’s.

The biggest factor which highly contributes to his popularity with American audiences was when he had a 40-year retrospective in the US from 2002 to 2003. It’s 40 Years of Painting debuted at The Museum of Modern Art, and trekked to other prominent galleries like The Art Institute of Chicago; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Abstraktes Bild

In the US, his artwork is embodied by the influential Marian Goodman Gallery in NY.

  1. Yayoi Kusama (Japanese Installation Artist)

Yayoi KusamaYayoi Kusama was born on 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano – central Japan. She’s an artist and a writer as well. She’s well popular for her room-sized installations enclosed with blotches; phallus crusted fixtures pieces and essential items, white on white portraits, and for her mirrored infinity cases.

During the late year 1980s, she also lived in New York City and her theatrical events and outrageous enactments fashioned with stark-naked accomplices frequently made the headlines of the local newspapers. It made her prominent in New York’s art scene like Andy Warhol.

She became close friends with artists Georgia O’Keefe and Joseph Cornell while at her stay in the US.

She slithered to obscurity after getting back in Japan during the late 1970s. Nevertheless, at the end of the 1990s, a reappearance of her artworks was once incited again which speedily acquired worldwide fame.

It was November 2014 when one of her portraits was sold for $6.2 million at public auction.  Since then, her artwork becomes highly demanded and is still going strong until now, with limited throughput.

Yayoi Kusama artworks

  1. Damien Hirst (British Conceptual Artist)

Damien HirstDamien Hirst was born in Leeds, England and first acquired acknowledgment as being a significant character in the YBAs, Young British Artists. At Goldsmiths, University of London, he studied his art profession and luckily received the Turner Prize in 1995.

His masterpiece is sturdily themed, regularly musing on metaphysical disputes like mortality. His most notable piece is his 1991 installation entitled “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” in which a 14-ft (4.3 m) tiger shark Damien Hirst artworksdrifts in a cistern of formaldehyde.

Hirst, together with his staff of assistant artists craft a huge variation of artwork: spin portraits, well-preserved wildlife in vitrines, polychrome statuettes, sketches, canvases, and installations. Aside from being an artist, he even curates exhibitions and deals with other art projects. His professional graft and personal life frequently produce headlines in the British newspapers.


  1. Takeshi Murakami (Japanese Pop Artist)

Takeshi MurakamiTokyo, Japan is the homeland of Takashi Murakami. He’s known for conjoining both high and low art, commercialism mingled with aestheticism, and making manga-inspired paintings, statuettes, and installations. He has become one of the top international best-selling artists.

He’s a multi – skilled personality: conceptual artist, fashion designer, author, speaker, intelligent business person and company holder. His Louis Vuitton-designed handbags were famous in the fashion style world, whereas his books are tremendously known with the design throng.

His controversial Versailles installation in the year 2010 suffered from some condemnation but also received some admiration.


Another masterpiece he had, his solo mini-retrospective exhibition in 2007 titled ©MURAKAMI at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, has reached to the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.