The Market's Hottest Artists

By Ben Steverman - 2012-10-16T15:46:39Z

Photograph courtesy Ravenel

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1. Sanyu

Change since 2000: +11,782%

Born Chang Yu in 1901 in China, Sanyu was one of the first Chinese artists to study in Paris when he moved there in 1921. Often called the "Chinese Matisse" for his colorful, modernist paintings, he died in Paris in 1966.

Top sale price: $16.5 million for "Five Nudes" (left) in May 2011.