Schizophrenic Artists

Schizophrenic Artists


Beate Grimsrud

–Norwegian/Swedish writer and film director

Brian Wilson

– American singer-songwriter and frontman of the Beach Boys (schizoaffective disorder)

Daniel Johnston

– American artist and musician

Darrell Hammond

– American comedian, actor on Saturday Night Live

David Helfgott

– Australian concert pianist (schizoaffective disorder)


– American musician, singer of Bad Brains

Jake Lloyd

– retired American actor who played Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace

Jeremy Oxley

– Australian musician and member of the Sunnyboys.

Jim Gordon

– American drummer, member of Derek and the Dominos; killed his mother

Joanne Greenberg

– American author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (schizophrenic as teenager, recovered)

Kat Bjelland

– American musician, member of Babes in Toyland (schizoaffective disorder)

Michael Hawkins

– American actor; diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Nathaniel Ayers

– American musician

Nick Blinko

– British painter and punk musician: singer, lyricist and guitarist of Rudimentary Peni (schizoaffective disorder)

Roky Erickson

– American rock musician, founder of The 13th Floor Elevators

Will Elliott

– Australian writer

Aby Warburg

– German art historian and cultural theorist. Diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Adèle Hugo

– Daughter of French writer Victor Hugo; her story is told in the film The Story of Adele H.

Adolf Wölfli

– Swiss painter

Agnes Martin

– Canadian American abstract painter

Aloïse Corbaz

– Swiss painter

Antonin Artaud

– French dramatist, poet, essayist, actor, and theatre director, creator of Theatre of Cruelty

Arthur Bispo do Rosário

– Brazilian outsider artist. (1909–1989)

Audrey Munson

– American artist’s model and film actress, “America’s First Supermodel”

August Natterer

– German painter

Bettie Page

– American pin-up model

Bud Powell

– American jazz pianist.

Buddy Bolden

– American pioneering jazz musician

Butch Warren

– American jazz double bassist.

Camille Claudel

– French sculptor of the 19th century

Charles Manson

– American murderer and folk rock musician

Clara Bow

– American Hollywood flapper actress and “It Girl” of the 1920s

Daniel Paul Schreber

– German judge, writer, and notable patient of Freud

Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler

– German avantgarde-painter

Émile Nelligan

– French Canadian poet

Estelle Bennett

– American musician, member of The Ronettes

Eugène Gabritschevsky

– Russian painter and microbiologist.

Frances Farmer

– American Hollywood actress, varyingly diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar psychosis, split personality and depression

Gene Tierney

– American actress

Hannah Weiner

– American ‘Clairvoyant’ poet.

Ingo Schwichtenberg

– German drummer of power metal band Helloween

Jakob Lenz

– German writer of the Sturm und Drang -movement of the 18th century.

Joey Ramone

– lead vocalist of American band Ramones

John Ogdon

– English pianist and composer

Konstantin Batyushkov

– Russian poet of the 19th century

Lauri Viita

– Finnish poet and author

Louis Wain

– British artist

Marij Kogoj

– Slovenian composer

Nancy Spungen

– American Punk icon and girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard

– American rapper, one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan

Paul Goesch

– German artist and architect

Pavel Fedotov

– Russian painter of the 19th century.

Philip K. Dick

– American sci-fi author. Diagnosis is contested.

Richard Brautigan

– American novelist, poet, and short story writer

Robert M. Pirsig

– American writer and philosopher

Robert Walser

– Swiss author. He was diagnosed with a catatonic schizophrenia.

Sigrid Hjertén

– Swedish painter

Ted Gärdestad

– Swedish musician (was in Eurovision 1979)

Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka

– Hungarian painter.

Unica Zürn

German artist

Uuno Kailas

Finnish poet

Vaslav Nijinsky

– Russian ballet dancer, choreographer

Veronica Lake

– American Hollywood actress of the 1940s

Vincent van Gogh

– Dutch visual artist/painter (with schizophrenia and/or bipolar)

Wesley Willis

– American musician and artist.

Wild Man Fischer

– American musician. He was diagnosed with a paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Zelda Fitzgerald

– American wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald; writer, dancer, and artist