Haji Chilonga

Well respected and known for his varied works, Haji Chilonga is an extremely collaborative artist, working with his peers both to teach and to learn at the Rafiki Art Trust Group, numerous international workshops and his own home.

Chilonga was born in Tanzania’s Mtwara region to a family of blacksmiths and potters. His first forays into art came in the form of commercial sign painting and portraits, but he quickly graduated to still life and abstract compositions. With 10 solo exhibitions under his belt, Chilonga’s artwork has garnered admiration in East Africa and beyond, and was recently chosen to grace the Tanzanian President’s new private residence.