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Famous Artists from Zimbabwe

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List of the most popular artists from Zimbabwe, 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 Zimbabwean 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 Zimbabwean artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List artists range from Joseph Muzondo to Berry Bickle.

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

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



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    Dave Robertson

    Dave Robertson, is a South African visual artist currently living and working in Cape Town. His photographic work is primarily a form of social commentary. His first photographic book,'Plakkerskamp, Bonnievale 2003 -2012', was published by a humanitarian organisation in Luxembourg, Europe. The book ...more

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    • Birthplace: Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe, South Africa
    • Art Forms: Photography, Painting
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    Nicholas Mukomberanwa

    Nicholas Mukomberanwa
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    Nicholas Mukomberanwa was a Zimbabwean sculptor and art teacher. He was among the most famous products of the Workshop School at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and an art mentor and teacher to the Mukomberanwa Family of sculptors. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world and he ...more

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    • Birthplace: Ruwa, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Fanizani Akuda

    Fanizani Akuda, also known as Fanizani Phiri, was a member of the sculptural movement usually called "Shona sculpture", although he and some others of its recognised members were not ethnically Shona. He worked initially at the Tengenenge Sculpture Community, 150 km north of Harare near Guruve, which he ...more

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    • Birthplace: Zambia
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe, Zambia
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Dominic Benhura is a Zimbabwean sculptor. Benhura was born in Murewa, to the northeast of Salisbury. His father died before his birth, and he was raised by his mother. As he was an excellent student, it was suggested that he be sent to Salisbury for further studies. His uncle had a home in the suburb of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Murewa, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    John Takawira

    John Takawira was a Zimbabwean sculptor. The background to the sculptural movement of which he was a leading member is given in the article on Shona art.more

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    • Birthplace: Chegutu, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Henry Munyaradzi

    Henry Munyaradzi
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    Henry Munyaradzi was a Zimbabwean sculptor. The sculptural movement of which he was part is usually referred to as "Shona sculpture", although some of its recognised members are not ethnically Shona. He worked initially at the Tengenenge Sculpture Community, 150 km north of Harare near Guruve, which he ...more

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    • Birthplace: Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Joram Mariga has been called the “Father of Zimbabwean Sculpture” because of his influence on the local artistic community starting in the 1950s and continuing until his death in 2000. The sculptural movement of which he was part is usually referred to as “Shona sculpture”, although some of its ...more

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    • Birthplace: Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Barankinya Gosta was a prominent Zimbabwean Chewa sculptor. A native of Mozambique, Barankinya Gosta was a resident of Zimbabwe's renowned Tengenenge Sculpture Community. He worked primarily in wood, which he painted; his style was derived from that used in traditional Chewa masks. Barankinya Gosta's ...more

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    • Birthplace: Mozambique
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Bernard Matemera

    Bernard Matemera was a Zimbabwean sculptor. The sculptural movement of which he was part is usually referred to as "Shona sculpture", although some of its recognised members are not ethnically Shona. His whole professional career was spent at the Tengenenge Sculpture Community, 150 km north of Harare ...more

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    • Birthplace: Guruve, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Berry Bickle

    Berry Bickle is a Zimbabwean artist who resides in Maputo. Born in Bulawayo, Bickle attended the Chisipite High School in Harare. Later, she attended the Durban Institute of Technology, where she obtained a national diploma in fine arts, and South Africa's Rhodes University, where she obtained a ...more

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    • Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Installation art
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    Colleen Madamombe

    Colleen Madamombe was a Zimbabwean sculptor. Colleen Madamombe, born in 1964 in Salisbury, Rhodesia received her secondary education at school in Kutama, between 1979 and 1984. She obtained a Diploma in Fine Arts at the BAT Workshop School of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe from 1985–1986 and in 1986 ...more

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    • Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Joseph Muzondo

    Joseph Muzondo is a Zimbabwean painter and sculptor. Taught informally in working stone by his uncle, Muzondo subsequently joined National Gallery B.A.T. Workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has studied textile design in Tanzania and graphic arts in Austria, and has exhibited worldwide. His work is in the ...more

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    • Nationality: Zimbabwe
    • Art Forms: Painting
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