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Famous Artists from Nigeria

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List of the most popular artists from Nigeria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Nigerian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Nigerian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Artists on this list include Obiora Udechukwu and Twins Seven Seven.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Nigeria?" and "Who are the most well-known Nigerian artists?"

For further information on these historic Nigerian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Nigerian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    Keziah Jones is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He describes his musical style as "Blufunk", which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. Also his Nigerian roots in Yoruba music and soul music can be considered a major influence on his sound. He is known for his ...more

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    • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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    Prince Twins Seven Seven, born Prince Taiwo Olaniyi Oyewale-Toyeje Oyelale Osuntoki in Ogidi, Nigeria, was a Nigerian painter, sculptor and musician. Prince Twins Seven-Seven began his career in the 1960s in workshops conducted by Ulli and Georgina Beier in Osogbo, a Yoruba town in southwestern Nigeria.more

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    • Birthplace: Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Chinwe Ifeoma Chukwuogo-Roy MBE was a visual artist who was born in Ondo, Nigeria, and spent much of her young life in Ikom on the Cameroon border before moving back to the family home at Umubele in Awka. She lived in Britain since 1975. Her paintings, prints and sculptures are predominantly figurative, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Awka, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria, United Kingdom
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    Odinigwe Benedict Chukwukadibia Bonaventure Enwonwu was a premier African modernist and a pioneer who is better known as Ben Enwonwu. He was an Igbo Nigerian painter and sculptor. He is a pioneer whose career opened the way for the postcolonial proliferation and increased visibility of Modern African ...more

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    • Birthplace: Onitsha, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Michael Akhaine Osebhajimete Omoighe, lives in Lagos, Nigeria; he is a Nigerian painter, curator, art critic and teacher of art. Mike Omoighe studied at Yaba College of Technology; at Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi; at the University of Lagos - UNILAG and at the University of Ibadan M.C.A. He is a pupil of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Bruce Onobrakpeya

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    Bruce Onobrakpeya
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    Bruce Obomeyoma Onobrakpeya is a Nigerian printmaker, painter and sculptor. He has exhibited at the Tate Modern in London, the National Museum of African Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Malmö Konsthall in Malmö, Sweden. The National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos has an ...more

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    • Birthplace: Nigeria, Delta State, Africa
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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    Chief Jimoh Buraimoh, born as Jimoh Adetunji Buraimoh is a Nigerian painter and artist. Chief Buraimoh is one of the most influential artist to emerge from the 1960s workshops conducted by Ulli and Georgina Beier in Osogbo,Osun state, Nigeria. Since then, he has become one of the most well known artists ...more

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    • Birthplace: Nigeria, Osogbo, Africa
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Professor Uche Okeke is a contemporary Nigerian artist.more

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    • Birthplace: Nigeria, West Africa, Africa
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Ada Udechukwu is a Nigerian artist and poet associated with the Nsukka group.more

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    • Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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    Felix Idubor was a Nigerian sculptor from Benin City, an African city with a rich history of artistic excellence. He was part of a young group of artists in the 1950s and 1960s who raised awareness of the artistic consciousness of African tradition in an emerging and nascent social milieu. He is ...more

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    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Obiora Udechukwu

    Obiora Udechukwu is a Nigerian painter and poet.more

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    • Birthplace: Onitsha, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Tayo Adenaike

    Tayo Adenaike is a Nigerian painter. A native of Idanre, Adenaike is of Yoruba parentage. In 1967 he was first introduced to formal instruction in arts at Federal Government College, located in Warri, in the present Delta State. He won second prize in the All Nigeria Secondary School National Art ...more

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    • Birthplace: Idanre
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Aina Onabolu was a pioneering Nigerian modern arts teacher and painter who was an important figure in the introduction of arts into the curriculum of secondary schools in the country. He was also the major figure in Nigeria that promoted the drawing of environmental forms in a verisimilitudinous style ...more

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    • Birthplace: Ijebu Ode, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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    Demas Nwoko

    Demas Nwoko is a Nigerian artist, protean designer and architect. As an artist, he strives to incorporate modern techniques in architecture and stage design to enunciate the African subject matters in most of his works. In the 1960s, he was a member of the Mbari club of Ibadan, a committee of burgeoning ...more

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    • Birthplace: Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Chike Aniakor

    Chike Aniakor is a Nigerian painter. A native of Abatete, Aniakor received his first artistic training at Ahmadu Bello University, receiving his master's degree in 1974. He received a doctorate in art history from Indiana University in 1978, writing his dissertation on Igbo architecture. He has taught ...more

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    • Nationality: Nigeria
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Yusuf Grillo
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    Yusuf Grillo is a contemporary Nigerian artist known for his inventive works and the prominence of the color blue in many of his paintings. He was president of the Society of Nigerian Artists.more

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    • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
    • Nationality: Nigeria
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