Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, born Marcus Rothkowitz (Latvian: Marks Rotko; September 25, 1903–February 25, 1970), was a Latvian-born American painter and printmaker who is classified as an abstract expressionist, although he rejected not only the label but even being called an abstract painter.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Rothko)

Pablo Picasso

Picasso was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. He is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), his portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

Picasso demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence; during the first decade of the twentieth century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. Picasso creativity manifested itself in numerous mediums, including oil paintings, sculpture, drawing, and architecture. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortunes throughout his life, making him the best-known figure in twentieth century art.

(taken from http://www.pablopicasso.org/)

Salvador Dali

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire includes film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Dalí attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes” to a self-styled “Arab lineage”, claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.

Dalí was highly imaginative, and also had an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behavior. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem and to the irritation of his critics.

(Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Dal%C3%AD)

Banksy

Guerilla artist Banksy has been depicted as a vandal in one light and in another as a revolutionary. His work often depicts situations revealing truths on certain subjects in accordance to his own thoughts and beliefs.

Everything he does to me always has me intersted and that’s way I have featured him in my top ten artists.

Juidge for yourself…

Leonardo Da Vinci

Da Vincis’ ability to capture the essence of the human the body has always been outstanding and this becomes apparent in his early paintings of mistresses etc. To back this up further his anatomical drawings are outstanding and to have this amount of knowledge at this time not only opened doors within the world of art but also the world of science aswell.

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo Da Vinci