The vast African continent, which has radically divergent topography, climate, and natural resources, is populated by over one thousand cultural groups. Thus, the history of African art includes a rich and varied body of work. Artists have used a wide variety of styles and techniques ranging from textile arts to sculpture to mask making.
The University of St. Thomas Libraries have a wealth of information in print and online about the artists and their art. For a concise overview of the topic, head to Oxford Art Online for the introductory essay, "Africa."