Famous African Artists & African Oil Painters

Lists of Famous African artists are included below.

African countries include South Africa & Kenya, but we hope to include more soon. Feel free to suggest more famous artists from Africa to us for inclusion here.

You may also be interested in famous Chinese artists.

List of Famous South African Artists

  • Jane Alexander
  • Tyrone Appollis
  • Phillip Badenhorst
  • Beezy Bailey
  • Vincent Baloyi
  • Walter Battiss
  • Charles Davidson Bell (1813-1882) Scottish-born painter, artist and stamp designer
  • Hanneke Benade
  • Willie Bester
  • Gerard Bhengu
  • Harry Bolus (1834-1911) botanist, botanical artist, businessman and philanthropist
  • Willem Boshoff
  • Conrad Botes
  • Wim Botha
  • Kevin Brand
  • Anton Brink
  • Rhona Brown (1920- ), botanical artist
  • Winifred Brunton (1880-1959), painter, especially of Egyptian pharaohs
  • Carl Buchner
  • Brendon Cahill
  • Norman Catherine
  • Marco Cianfanelli
  • Bettie Cilliers-Barnard
  • Frans Claerhout
  • Peter E. Clarke
  • Steven Cohen
  • Gillian Condy (1952- ), botanical artist
  • John Cowan
  • Ethel May Dixie (1876-1973), botanical artist
  • Marlene Dumas
  • Annette du Plessis
  • Paul Emsley (1947- ), portrait painter and lecturer
  • Garth Erasmus
  • Dumile Feni
  • Emily Fern
  • Cyril Fradan (1928-?), artist and designer especially of acrylic paints incorporating various glazing techniques
  • Roy Astley Fryer
  • Gary Frier
  • Faiza Galdhari
  • Jo-Ann Garbutt ( – ), painter, artist, poet
  • Kendell Geers
  • Jeanette Gilks
  • David Goldblatt
  • Diek Grobler
  • Gea Groenhof
  • Robert Hamblin
  • Caesar Carl Hans Henkel (1839-1913), German-born South African forester, cartographer, painter, soldier and botanist
  • Matthew Hindley
  • Nicholas Hlobo
  • Jackson Hlongwane
  • Robert Hodgins
  • Patrick Holo
  • Sydney Holo
  • Rosa Hope (1902-1972), English-born South African painter
  • Pieter Hugo
  • Gavin Jantjes (1948- ), painter
  • Barbara Jeppe (1921-1999), botanical artist
  • Tinus de Jongh (1885-1942), painter
  • Sifiso Ka Mkame
  • Anton Kannemeyer
  • Anton Karstel
  • Dorothy Kay
  • William Kentridge
  • Sharlene Khan
  • Braam Kruger
  • David Kuijers (1962- ), painter, designer and illustrator
  • Sydney Kumalo
  • Maggie Loubser
  • Cythna Letty (1895-1985), botanical artist
  • Legae Ezrom
  • Noria Mabasa
  • Vusi Maboda
  • Esther Mahlangu
  • Langa Magwa
  • Trevor Makhoba
  • Ernest Mancoba
  • Billy Mandindi
  • Louis Maqhubela
  • Anja Marais
  • Ian Marley
  • Gerhard Marx
  • Judith Mason
  • Rebecca Matibe
  • Azaria Mbatha
  • Gordon Mbatha
  • John Meyer (1942- ), painter
  • Gladys Mgudlandlu
  • Ina Millman
  • Elliot Mkize
  • Este Mostert
  • Zwelethu Mthethwa (1960- ), painter and photographer
  • John Muafengejo
  • Brett Murray
  • Credo Mutwa
  • Nesta Nala
  • Reuben Ndwandwe
  • Sara Nekomba
  • Hylton Nel
  • Ephraim Ngatane
  • Hermann Niebuhr (1972- ), painter of primarily urban and rural landscapes
  • Bonnie Nthshalishali
  • Beauty Nxgonga
  • Grant Oxche
  • Tracy Payne
  • George Pemba
  • Sophie Peters
  • Peet Pienaar
  • Hendrik Pierneef
  • Barbara Pike (1933- ), botanical artist
  • Deborah Poynton
  • Alexis Preller
  • Jenni Pringle
  • Dan Ragoathe
  • Richard Rennie
  • Dolf Rieser (1898-1983), South African-born British painter, printmaker, and teacher
  • Peter Schutz
  • Laurence Scully
  • Helen Sebidi
  • Gerald Sekoto
  • Cyprian Shilakoe
  • Penny Siopis
  • Lucas Sithole
  • Cecil Skotnes
  • Sean Slemon
  • Frank Sydney Spears (1906-1991), artist
  • Maggie Strachen
  • Mary Stainbank
  • Irma Stern
  • Paul Stopforth
  • Richardt Strydom
  • Maud Sumner
  • Angus Taylor
  • Le’one Tonkinson
  • Jan Willem Van Bergen
  • Clive Van den Berg
  • Jan van der Merwe
  • Clementina Van der Walt
  • Derric van Rensburg
  • Verika
  • Andrew Verster
  • Diane Victor
  • Edoardo Villa
  • Jan Ernst Abraham Volschenk (1853-1936), landscape painter
  • Jeremy Wafer
  • Aiden Walsh
  • Donovan Ward
  • Ellaphie Ward-Hilhorst (1920-1994), botanical artist
  • Sue Williamson
  • Gavin Younge
  • Asha Zero
  • Michael Zondi
  • Vuminkosi Zulu
  • Manfred Zylla
  • Zenda Keith
  • List of Famous Kenyan Artists
  • Duncan Bundi
  • Jimmy Ogonga painter, sculptor, multi-media artist
  • Odhiambo Siangla painter and sculptor
  • Serah Mwihaki actress and TV producer
  • Binyavanga Wainaina author
  • Eric Wainaina musician
  • Didge R’n’B singer and radio presenter
  • Jua Cali Genge Artist
  • Grace Mugure musician
  • Yvonne Owuor author
  • Muthoni Garland author
  • Richard Onyango painter
  • Kwame Nyon’go – animator
  • Wilfred Ndirangu – 2D Animator
  • Irene Zaidi sculptor
  • Uman Moh’d Warsame
  • Allan deSouza
  • Ken wa Maria
  • Joseph Hellon jazz artist, multi-instrumentalist
  • Maroon Commandos band
  • Orch. Super Mazembe band
  • Kidum singer & multi instrumentalist
  • Ambasada artist
  • Iddi singer
  • Diwani Nzaro band
  • Group TK band
  • Mighty King Kong band
  • Notorious B.I.G Rap Artist
  • George Manga – Graphic Artist

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