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Famous Artists from Nigeria


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
Keziah JonesKeziah 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 ...more
Twins Seven Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Twins Seven SevenUntitled, Shango and his festival, Great hunterPrince 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 ...more
Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Chinwe Chukwuogo-RoyChinwe 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 ...more
Ben Enwonwu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Ben EnwonwuAlusi Ogugu (Vision), Abiku, Three African Women DancingOdinigwe 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 ...more
Mike omoighe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Mike omoigheMichael 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 ...more
Bruce Onobrakpeya is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Bruce OnobrakpeyaBruce 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 ...more
Jimoh Buraimoh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Jimoh BuraimohChief 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 ...more
Uche Okeke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Uche OkekeProfessor Uche Okeke is a contemporary Nigerian artist.
Ada Udechukwu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Ada UdechukwuAda Udechukwu is a Nigerian artist and poet associated with the Nsukka group.
Felix Idubor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Felix IduborFelix 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 ...more
Obiora Udechukwu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Obiora UdechukwuObiora Udechukwu is a Nigerian painter and poet.
Tayo Adenaike is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Tayo AdenaikeTayo 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 ...more
Aina Onabolu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Aina OnaboluAina 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 ...more
Demas Nwoko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Demas NwokoDemas 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 ...more
Chike Aniakor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Chike AniakorChike 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 ...more
Yusuf Grillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Nigeria
Yusuf GrilloYusuf 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.
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