Halfan Nchimbi was born in Dar es Salaam in 1974. He learned to paint in Tinga Tinga style in Arusha from Nurdini (also called Zungu). Nchimbi was sent to Lilanga studio by Hendrick Lilanga because Hendrick wanted to leave his grandfather's studio and become a freelance artist. George Lilanga agreed to accept Nchimbi in 2002/2003. After George Lilanga died Mchimbi started to paint with Hendrick Lilanga. They are very good friends. Currently Nchimbi works in Arusha for Mama Jaffary, the wife of the passed famous painter Aussi Jaffary.