- May 1 – The 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition, opens to the public in Chicago, USA, with a Romanesque statue of Columbia overlooking the man-made lake. The first United States commemorative postage stamps are issued for the Exposition.
- June 14 – Opening of Shelley Memorial at University College, Oxford, designed by Basil Champneys with a reclining nude marble statue ofPercy Bysshe Shelley by Edward Onslow Ford.
- June 29 – Unveiling of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain at Piccadilly Circus in London, with a gilded aluminium statue of Anteros, designed by Alfred Gilbert.
- Ford Madox Brown completes painting the The Manchester Murals in Manchester Town Hall (England).
- The National Sculpture Society is founded in the United States.
- Alois Riegl's Stilfragen: Grundlegungen zu einer Geschichte der Ornamentik is published in Berlin.
- Henri Rousseau gives up his job as a Paris toll collector and moves to a studio in Montparnasse where he lives and paints full-time.
- December – Unter den Linden in Berlin holds an exhibition of Edvard Munch's work, including six paintings entitled Study for a Series: Love, beginning his Frieze of Life cycle.
- The song of the time Jan Toorop
- The three brides Jan Toorop
- The bride Jan Thorn-Prikker
- The Scream Edvard Munch
- Woman with fruit Paul Gauguin
- In bed Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
- The last load Rudolf Eickemeyer
- Le Morte d'Arthur Aubrey Beardsley
- Adios del Sol Félix Hidalgo
January to June Edit
- January 13 – Chaim Soutine, painter (died 1943)
- March 3
- Ivon Hitchens, English painter (died 1979)
- Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramicist (died 1998)
- March 11 – Wanda Gag, children's author and artist (died 1946)
- March 29 – Dora Carrington, painter and designer (died 1932)
- April 9 – Charles E. Burchfield, American scene painter (died 1967)
- April 11 – John Nash, English painter, illustrator, and engraver (died 1978)
- April 20 – Joan Miró, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist (died 1983)
- May 16 – Stella Bowen, painter (d.1947)
July to December Edit
- July 3 – Sándor Bortnyik, Hungarian painter and graphic designer (died 1976)
- July 8 – Abraham Rattner, painter and camouflage specialist (died 1978)
- July 26 – George Grosz, painter and draftsman (died 1959)
- September 15 – Rene Paul Chambellan, sculptor (died 1955)
- October 1 – Marianne Brandt, painter, sculptor and designer (died 1983)
- October 8 – Orovida Camille Pissarro, English painter and etcher (died 1968)
- October 9 – Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer and photographer (died 1945)
- November 19 – Conrad O'Brien-ffrench, British intelligence officer, mountaineer and painter (died 1986)
- December – Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (died 1979)
- December 29 – Berthold Bartosch, Bohemian animator (died 1968)
- Date unknown:
- Sreten Stojanović, Serbian sculptor (died 1960).
- January 30 – Prince Grigory Gagarin, soldier and painter (born 1811)
- February 21 – John Pettie, painter (born 1839)
- March 16 – William H. Illingworth, American photographer (born 1844)
- April 6 – George Vicat Cole, painter (born 1833)
- September 25 – Albert Joseph Moore, painter (born 1841)
- October 6 – Ford Madox Brown, painter (born 1821)
- October 10 – Barthélemy Menn, painter and draughtsman (born 1811)
- October 29 – Gustav Mützel, animal painter (born 1839)
- December 23 – Gunnar Berg, Norwegian painter (born 1863)
- date unknown – Gustav Fabergé, jeweler (born 1814)
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