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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. You might also be interested in famous Nigerian playwrights and popular actors from Nigeria. 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 Keziah Jones 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.

Keziah Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
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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 distinctive style of guitar playing, including his percussive right-hand technique which is similar to a bass guitarist's slapping technique. ...more

Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

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Twins Seven Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from 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. Since then he has become one of the most well known artists of the Osogbo School. His work is influenced by traditional Yoruba mythology and culture, and creates a fantastic universe of humans, animals, plants and Yoruba gods. He was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace on 25 May 2005 "“in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of dialogue and understanding among peoples, particularly ...more

Birthplace: Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Art Forms: Painting

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Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
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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, in the genres of portraiture, still-life, landscape and narrative subjects. She won international attention in 2002 for being only one of two Nigerian artists to have been allowed to paint official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. Chukwuogo-Roy was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 Birthday Honours. ...more

Birthplace: Awka, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria, United Kingdom

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Ben Enwonwu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
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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 art. His work has been exhibited around the world. The Enwonwu crater on the planet Mercury is named in his honour. ...more

Birthplace: Onitsha, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

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