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Top 20 Richest Painters Ranked by Their Net Worth 2022



Artist Anish Kapoor attends the unveiling of his art installation

The top 20 richest painters according to their net worths are below. All of these mind-bending artists have made millions from their work, with two even surpassing a billion dollars in worth.

Top 20 Richest Painters

We have gathered information from numerous credible sources such as Forbes, Celebrity Net Worth, and The Richest to determine the net worths of the richest painters in the world.

Before you begin reading, can you guess the two painters who are worth over a billion dollars?

The 20 richest painters on the planet living today according to their 2022 net worths:

Yayoi Kusama

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama waves at a photo session during a press preview
Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

Net Worth: $15 Million

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who has been known to sculpt, paint, as well as a plethora of other art forms.

According to Art News, a group of 11 of Kusama’s early works sold in 2021 for a collective price of $15.2 million. Impressively, that’s nearly double what the pre-sale expectation price was.

Georg Baselitz

richest painters Artist, painter Prof. Georg Baselitz at the Georg Baselitz art donation photocall
(Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)

Net Worth: $20 Million

Georg Baselitz is a German painter, sculptor, and graphic artist who first gained recognition in the 1960s. Over the years, Baselitz has produced dozens upon dozens of works that have made him a pioneer postwar artist who rejected abstraction in favor of recognizable subject matter.

Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel attends the CHANEL and Tribeca Festival
(Photo by Clint Spaulding/WireImage)

Net Worth: $25 Million

Julian Schnabel is an American painter and filmmaker who garnered worldwide attention for his “plate paintings”, which included broken ceramic plates set onto large-scale paintings.

Meanwhile, Schnabel’s paintings have gone up for auction on numerous occasions, with prices ranging anywhere from $10 all the way up to over $1.5 million for a single work. In 2017, his Ethnic Type #14 sold for $1,452,500.

Chuck Close

richest painters American photographer and artist Chuck Close attends the inauguration of his exhibition "Mosaics"
(Photo by Roberto Serra – Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Net Worth: $25 Million

Charles Thomas Close was an American painter, visual artist, and photographer who is known for his large-format works of both himself and of others.

Moreover, Close his painting titled “Phil” sold for $3.2 million, and his painting “John” was sold for a whopping $4.8 million.

Richard Prince

Richard Prince during Richard Prince Check Paintings
(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

Net Worth: $30 Million

Richard Prince is an American painter and photographer who has sold many works for millions of dollars.

First, his “Runaway Prince” was sold at auction in 2016 for $9.7 million. Then, his “Overseas Nurse” canvas sold for $8.5 million back in 2002.

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman attends the WSJ. Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards
(Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards )

Net Worth: $35 Million

Cynthia Morris Sherman is an American artist whose work consists primarily of photographic self-portraits. She is widely considered one of the most influential contemporary artists.

Furthermore, the Museum of Modern Art bought “Untitled Film Stills” for $1 million in 1995. Also, her “Untitled #96” was sold for $3.89 million at auction in 1996.

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter attends a press conference and exhibition preview
(Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)

Net Worth: $40 Million

Gerhard Richter is a German visual artist who has produced abstract as well as photorealistic paintings. Actually, several of his works have set record prices at auction.

Incredibly, his 1987 abstract painting “Abstraktes Bild (649-2)” sold for $27.6 million in 2020.


richest painters A woman looks at a Banksy artwork during of the "The World of Banksy"
(Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)

Net Worth: $50 Million

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based street artist, political activist, and film director. Interestingly, Banksy’s real name and identity have remained unconfirmed to this day.

His painting titled “Love is in the Bin”, which was partially shredded, sold for $25.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction.

Antony Gormley

British sculptor Antony Gormley poses with his installation 'Matrix III"
(Photo by John Rainford/Getty Images)

Net Worth: $50 Million

Sir Antony Mark David Gormley OBE RA is a British artist who is best known for his sculptures.

Depending on the size of his artwork, Gormley’s works have been sold at auction for prices ranging from $96 to $6.9 million.

Bridget Riley

British painter Bridget Riley (born 1931) in her studio
(Photo by Eamonn McCabe/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Net Worth: $85 Million

Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE is an English painter who is best known for her op-art paintings.

Riley has had a pair of wildly valuable paintings that have sold for seven figures. First, her 19676 work “Chant 2” sold for over $5 million. Then, her painting entitled “Untitled (Diagonal Curve)”, was auctioned off for $5.7 million.

Takashi Murkami

richest painters Takashi Murakami attends his "Baka" Exhibition Preview
(Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)

Net Worth: $100 Million

Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary artist who is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. Remarkably, his 1999 Silkscreen in colors on wove paper sold for $10.6 million in 2019.

On top of that, several other Murakami works have been sold for upwards of seven figures.

David Hockney

richest painters David Hockney poses at the Orangerie museum in Paris
 (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Net Worth: $150 Million

David Hockney OM CH RA is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer who is regarded as one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

According to CNBC, one of Hockney’s paintings sold for a record $90 million back in 2018.

David Choe

 David Choe, who painted murals at the headquarters of Facebook Inc. in exchange for an undisclosed amount of company stock
(Photo by Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Net Worth: $300 Million

David Choe is an American artist, musician, and former journalist who has illustrated and written for magazines including Hustler, Ray Gun, and Vice.

Additionally, Choe is said to have made roughly $200 million through Facebook stocks after painting murals in the company’s offices.

Damien Hirst

richest painters Damien Hirst’s ‘Biotin-Propranolol Analog’ (est. 650,000-850,000) go on view at Sotheby's
(Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

Net Worth: $385 Million

Damien Steven Hirst is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. In fact, he is reportedly the United Kingdom’s richest living artist.

In 2008, Hirst made an insane $198 million at his art show, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever.

Notably, his painting titled “The Golden Calf” sold for $18.5 million. In addition to that, Hirst’s “The Kingdom” was auctioned off for $17.1 million.

Jasper Johns

richest painters American artist Jasper Johns, portrait at a house in south London
(Photo by Chris Morphet/Getty Images)

Net Worth: $400 Million

Jasper Johns is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker who is best known for his depictions of the American flag and other US-related topics.

Ridiculously, his flag set was sold at Sotheby’s for $343.7 million back in 2014. Another buyer once purchased some of his work for $87 million as well.

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons poses during a press preview of his exhibition “Lost in America”
 (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Qatar Museums)

Net Worth: $450 Million

Jeffrey Lynn Koons is an American artist recognized for his work dealing with popular culture and his sculptures depicting everyday objects.

In 2019, his three-foot-tall silver bunny “Rabbit” piece sold for over $91 million at Christie’s in New York.

Arno Gasquet

Arno Gasquet art - La Lance De La Destinee.
Arno Gasquet art – La Lance De La Destinee

Net Worth: $500 Million

Arno Gasquet is a once-in-a-generation ultra-high-end sculptor and painter whose art is recognized around the world. He is easily one of the richest painters on the planet.

For starters, his “lance de la destined” sculpture was purchased by Venice, Italy for $33 million.

Additionally, a private collector bought Gasquet’s “Le Masque de La mort” for $20 million. Lastly, his “Pleur de l’Âme” piece was sold for $6 million.

Anish Kapoor

British contemporary artist Anish Kapoor poses for a photogaph during a tour of his studio in London
(Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Net Worth: $700 Million

Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, RA is a British-Indian sculptor specializing in installation art and conceptual art who is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation.

His famed “Cloud Gate” sculpture in Chicago has an impressive estimated value of $23 million. Kapoor has had hundreds of pieces of his work sold at auction, with one piece selling for nearly $4 million.

Ed Ruscha

richest painters Artist Ed Ruscha attends the Ed Ruscha Paintings Opening Reception
(Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)

Net Worth: $1.2 Billion

The first of two entries on the list of the richest painters to be worth over $1 billion is American artist Ed Ruscha. He is most associated with the pop art movement.

Incredibly, his painting titled “Hurting the Word Radio #2”, was auctioned off for a record price of $52.5 million with fees in 2019. Ruscha has had several other works sell throughout the years for figures over seven figures.

John Currin

Bill Powers and John Currin attend HAUNCH OF VENISON "Your History is Not Our History"
 (Photo by NICK HUNT /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Net Worth: $1.4 Billion

The wealthiest of all the richest painters on earth is Josh Currin. The artist is best known for satirical figurative paintings which deal with provocative sexual and social themes.

According to Mutual Art, Currin’s paintings have sold at prices ranging between $485 and $12 million. His satirical and distorted portraits are coveted by art collectors throughout the world.

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