African Art History

Africa is a very big country and each part of Africa has its own history. It is the second largest continent in the world and is home to a diverse range of ancient cultures. Art has been a part of African history. There are different people from different races and tribes and the only thing common for all of them is art.Among all types, tribal art fascinates one and all. For the tribal people, it is the way of life to draw, weave fabric or make stone or wooden sculptures, but for the rest of the world it is art. African art is exhibited in several ways from the ancient Hieroglyphs of Egypt to cave paintings in South Africa.South and North Africa have their own style of art. The Black Africans or the South Africans had a different form of art that originated in the Saharan desert and the North Africans created art out of horns. Some of the oldest pieces of art found in Africa dated back to more than 6,000 years and were found in Sahara Desert. The oldest sculptures found in Nigeria date to 500 BC. The Africans made art out of terracotta and also built pyramids. Archaeologists have even found sculptures of historically important people like Nefertiti.In the mid 19th century, contemporary form of African art was popularized. The artists, however, started painting African landscapes in a very abstract way.Traditional African art is another popular form of African art and that has been followed from several generations.