Who run the world? Girls. Especially female artists. I love decorating my home with art knowing I’m supporting another woman in her endeavour to take on the world. I came across a great article that showcases 12 of the most important painters working today, all who happen to be women. Here are 6 of these 12 great women.

Marlene Dumas
The artist Marlene Dumas is a native of Cape Town, South Africa. She’s studied art at the University of Cape Town, De Ateliers, and the Psychological Institute of the University of Amsterdam. She currently is living and working in Amsterdam. Her contemporary paintings strongly convey the pains of modern times. Her work has been featured in London at the Tate, New York City’s the Met, and many other places around the world.

Tracey Emin
The British artist, Tracey Emin, made her splash in the 1990s with her contemporary and controversial work. She is one of the main influences on how the world has begun to embrace the conceptual complexities of contemporary art.

Jenny Saville
Jenny Saville studied Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She’s known for her large-scale paintings of nude women and her style is entirely unique to that of the elite group she’s a member of: Young British Artist. She’s currently working in Oxford, UK and has many featured collections across the globe in places such as the Met in New York City, the Broad in Los Angeles, and Saatchi Collection in London.

Yayoi Kusama
One of the most peculiar and interesting painters of our time, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has created works of art that have captivated audiences for decades. She is known for her bright polka-dotted paintings and has toured around the world showcasing her art.

Julie Mehretu
Now working in New York, the Ethiopian-artist, Julie Mehretu is unlike any other contemporary painter. Her paintings how a whimsical feeling with the whirlwind of intricate details. Any one of her works of art can enchant its audience for hours.

Bridget Riley
Finally, I’d like to highlight the talented and successful Bridget Riley. The London-native artist is known for her miraculous pieces that use abstract patterns to create optical illusions. Each one of her paintings is planned out carefully and are exceedingly precise.