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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.
Dave Robertson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Zimbabwe
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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 spans nine years and documents a group of people living in an informal settlement near Bonnievale, a few hours from Cape Town. Dave is particularly well known for his series of expressionist, hand-painted photographs of township scenes in South Africa. These images of marginalised lifestyles originated as black and white photographs, and had their roots in the pre-democratic period of South ...more

Birthplace: Zimbabwe

Nationality: Zimbabwe, South Africa

Art Forms: Photography, Painting

Nicholas Mukomberanwa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Zimbabwe
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Nicholas Mukomberanwa

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 remains one of Zimbabwe's most famous artists. ...more

Birthplace: Ruwa, Zimbabwe

Nationality: Zimbabwe

Art Forms: Sculpture

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 joined in 1966. Fanizani died on 5 February 2011. ...more

Birthplace: Zambia

Nationality: Zimbabwe, Zambia

Art Forms: Sculpture

Dominic Benhura is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Zimbabwe
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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 Tafara, and Benhura went to live there at the age of ten; he lived with his cousin Tapfuma Gutsa, already a well-known sculptor. Benhura began polishing his cousin's sculptures, but soon began carving himself, making small offcuts before moving onto large stone. He sold his first piece at twelve. Despite having no formal training, Benhura turned to sculpting full-time upon the finish of his ...more

Birthplace: Murewa, Zimbabwe

Nationality: Zimbabwe

Art Forms: Sculpture

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