Born in 1956, Chansa Chishimba was trained at Nkwame Nkrumah Teachers College in Kabwe, Evelyn Hone College of applied Arts and Commerce in Lusaka, Zambia and at the Baltic School of Arts and Design in Skone, Sweden. He works as a sculptor, textile designer and painter. Chansa Chishimba initially worked on paper, canvas and jute. In September 1982 he started research in different types of trees and techniques of processing Zambian traditional tree bark fibre cloth. In 2004 he first experimented with Papaya tree bark fibre and prides himself in being the first Zambian visual artist to paint on it. He has since adopted his new discovery as a painting ground for all his recent art works, which have become very popular on the art market.