Throughout history, artists have been prosecuted, arrested, jailed, and discriminated against for their art. An artist's ability and right to express his or herself through a chosen medium is one we should cherish. Yet, many countries, including America, don't see it that way. Here, we look at artists across time and place who have been persecuted for their creations. They have been arrested, jailed, and exiled due to their beliefs and how they express them. From illegal graffiti writers to political dissidents, here are 20 Artists Who Were Arrested for Their Art.

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