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Tinga Tinga Paintings from Tanzania



Tinga Tinga Market (Detail)
Said A. Mkumba (b. 1963) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
c. 2010
Oil enamel on canvas (30" h x 30"w)

SOLD

Tinga Tinga painting began with Edward Saidi Tingatinga, who was born in 1937 to a family of subsistence farmers in southern Tanzania. In 1953 he traveled to Dar-es-Salaam in search of work and labored at odd jobs in the construction industry until 1961. Impressed by the ease with which western style paintings by Zairian artists sold to tourists he decided to try his hand as a painter. since he could not afford to purchase art supplies, he began with scavenged materials, painting on discarded ceiling boards using dregs of bicycle enamel, household paint and old paintbrushes. Despite this unpromising beginning, he quickly developed a new and unique artistic style. His colorful, crowded paintings depicted fantastic animals and birds, dancing tribespeople and scenes of village life. His lack of formal training led to a simple, direct and naive approach to natural subjects, lacking in nuance and detail but bursting with exuberant life, whimsy and color.


Edward Saidi Tingatinga in about 1970, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
((Photograph © by Jesper Kirknaes, published in Tnga Tinga: the Popular Paintings of Tanzania by Yves Goscinny)

The paintings sold well and Tingatinga recruited members of his family to copy them. Early Tingatinga paintings show flat, two-dimensional animals painted against a plain background. Each is related to a legend or saying from Tingatinga's Makua tribal culture. Though the subject matter is rural, the painting is a distinctly urban art form, evolved on the streets of Dar-es-Salaam and conceived not as a means of personal expression, but as a method of earning money. With its cheerful subject matter, Tingatinga's art was calculated to appeal to the romantic notions of African life held by tourists.

In 1972, in the midst of a burgeoning artistic career, Edward Tingatinga was shot dead by police in a case of mistaken identity. His fellow artists in Dar formed the Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society in his name, and the style he originated became a school of painting for artists from Dar and Zanzibar. Today, the Tinga Tinga artists working in Dar and Zanzibar produce paintings faithful to the generic Tinga Tinga themes of big game and birds. Zanzibari artists have influenced traditional Tinga Tinga themes, adding fish, monkeys, coconut palms, musical instruments and people. Current Tinga Tinga artists paint on stretched muslin and canvas. Many uphold the tradition of painting only with bicycle enamel. The paintings are popular in Japan, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland as well as the USA. Most of the artists shown on this web-page are members of the Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society.

Biography adapted from text by Styche & Associates.


Untitled painting by Edward Saidi Tingatinga, c.1970, (Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania)
on display at Gallery Watatu in Nairobi, Kenya.
((Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher, 2011)


In May through August, 2012 we present a look at the contemporary art of East Africa, including a collection of Tinga Tinga paintings, with East African Encounters: Contemporary Art from Kenya and Tanzania.


Tinga Tinga Market
Said A. Mkumba (b. 1963) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
c. 2010
Oil enamel on canvas (30" h x 30"w)

$475

SOLD 6/2012



Music Makers

Sayuki Matindiko (1963 - 2011) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
2010
Oil enamel on canvas (21 1/2" h x 15 1/2"w)

Sayuki Matindiko worked in a mashetani style derived from that of the famous Tanzanian artist George Lilanga, but in recent years his style divereged in important ways. Sadly, Sayuki passed away shortly after we bought this painting, in February 2011.

$550



MMoja Hospital
Joseph - Stonetown, Zanzibar, Tanzania
2011
Oil enamel on canvas (23 1/2" h x 23 1/2"w)

$195



Cross-eyed Leopards at the Waterhole

Cheeks - Zanzibar, Tanzania
c. 2010
Oil enamel on canvas (21 1/2" h x 28 1/2"w)

$150



Buffaloes and Zebras
Ngambe - Tanzania
c. 2010
Oil enamel on canvas (14" h x 11"w)

$58



Antelope and Birds
Jafary Mimus (b. 1962, Nakapanya, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society), Tanzania
c. 2010
Oil enamel on canvas (27 1/2" h x 19 1/2"w).

Like several of the other Tinga Tinga artists, Jafary Mimus was born in the Makua village of Nakapanya, southern Tanzania. He started to paint in 1983, a student of Hashim Bushir.

$250

SOLD 12/2014



Leopards and Birds
Rashidi Rubuni (b. 1969, Livangula, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society)
c. 2010
Oil enamel on canvas (35 1/4" h x 25 1/2"w).

Rashidi Rubuni was born in 1969, in Livangula, Tanzania. He started painting with the TingaTinga cooperative soon after arriving in Dar es Salaam, in 1988.

$525



Zebras
Maiko - Manyara, Tanzania.
c.2010
Oil enamel on canvas (31" x 22") (78cm x 56cm).

$225



Grandfather and Grandsons
Sayuki Matindiko (1963 - 2011) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
2010
Oil enamel on canvas (23 1/2" h x 19 3/4"w).

Sayuki Matindiko worked in a mashetani style derived from that of the famous Tanzanian artist George Lilanga, but in recent years his style divereged in important ways. Sadly, Sayuki passed away shortly after we bought this painting, in February 2011.

$875



Muhimbili National Hospital
Issa Saidi Mitole - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
c.2010
Oil enamel on canvas (39 1/4" h x 29 1/2"w).

Issa Saidi Mitole is known for the "cartoon" style of Tinga Tinga paintings, which satirize many aspects of contemporary Tanzanian life..

$525



Tilling the Soil
Mohamed Charinda (b. 1947, Nakapanya, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
c.2010
Oil enamel on canvas (30" x 35 1/2") (76cm x 90cm).

Charinda is one of the "first generation" Tinga Tinga artists. He began painting in 1975. He is known for narrative paintings which illustrate the folk-tales and history of his Makua village in southern Tanzania. His work was recently featured in the book Angaza Afrika, by Chris Spring.

$700



Zebras
Szyd - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
c.2010
Oil enamel on canvas (18" x 18") (45cm x 45cm).

$195



Grazing Antelopes
Bogo - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
c.2010
Oil enamel on masonite (6" x 6").

$38



Animals Before Kilimanjaro
Sefu - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
c.2010
Oil enamel on canvas (11" x 13 1/2") (28cm x 34cm).

$95



Giraffe and other Animals before Kilimanjaro
Said A. Mkumba (b. 1963) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
Jan. 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (13 3/4" x 11 3/4") (35cm x 30cm).

$75



Two Leopards
Rashidi Rubuni (b. 1969, Livangula, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society)
c. 2012
Oil enamel on canvas (29" h x 29"w, 75cm x 75cm).

Rashidi Rubuni was born in 1969, in Livangula, Tanzania. He started painting with the TingaTinga cooperative soon after arriving in Dar es Salaam, in 1988.

$450



Bush Hospital
Issa Saidi Mitole - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
2013
Oil enamel on canvas (23" h x 31"w, 60cm x 80cm).

Issa Saidi Mitole is known for the "cartoon" style of Tinga Tinga paintings, which satirize many aspects of contemporary Tanzanian life..

$250


Birds in the Jungle
Jafary Mimus (b. 1962, Nakapanya, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society), Tanzania
2013
Oil enamel on canvas (23" h x 23"w).

Like several of the other Tinga Tinga artists, Jafary Mimus was born in the Makua village of Nakapanya, southern Tanzania. He started to paint in 1983, a student of Hashim Bushir.

$225



Cape Buffalo and Bird
Omary Amonde (b. 1940, Nakapanya, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
2013
Oil enamel on canvas (22" x 30") (56cm x 76cm).

Omary Amonde is the oldest member of the Tinga Tinga cooperative and the last of the "first generation" artists. He was the son of Edward Saidi Tingatinga's cousin, and worked under the master for a short period before Tingatinga's death. His work is very sought after.

$575


Birds of the Savannah
Iddi Issa - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society)
2013
Oil enamel on canvas (14" h x 12"w) (35 x 30cm)

$75

SOLD 12/2014


Bringing in the Fish
Omary Amonde (b. 1940, Nakapanya, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
Jan., 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (14" h x 12"w) (35 x 30cm)
.
Omary Amonde is the oldest member of the Tinga Tinga cooperative and the last of the "first generation" artists. He was the son of Edward Saidi Tingatinga's cousin, and worked under the master for a short period before Tingatinga's death. His work is very sought after.

$125


Giraffes in the Trees
Mwamedi Chiwaya (b. 1970, Dar es Salaam) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
Jan. 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (13 3/4" x 12") (35cm x 30cm).

$75

SOLD 12/2014


Black Antelope
Daudi E. S. Tingatinga - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
Jan., 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (12" h x 13 3/4"w) (30 x 35cm)
.
Daudi Tingatinga was the only son of Edward Saidi Tingatinga, the founder of the Tinga tinga painting movement. He was only a child when his father died in 1972.

$75


Zebras and Birds
Steven Mkumba (b. 1963) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
Jan. 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (13 3/4" x 12") (35cm x 30cm).

$75

SOLD 10/2014


Black and White Leopard
Daudi E. S. Tingatinga - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
Jan., 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (12" h x 13 3/4"w) (30 x 35cm).

Daudi Tingatinga was the only son of Edward Saidi Tingatinga, the founder of the Tinga tinga painting movement. He was only a child when his father died in 1972.

$75


Pink Giraffe
Omary Amonde (b. 1940, Nakapanya, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
August., 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (14" h x 12"w) (35 x 30cm).

Omary Amonde is the oldest member of the Tinga Tinga cooperative and the last of the "first generation" artists. He was the son of Edward Saidi Tingatinga's cousin, and worked under the master for a short period before Tingatinga's death. His work is very sought after.

$150


Zebra
Omary Amonde (b. 1940, Nakapanya, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
August., 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (18" h x 18"w) (45 x 45cm).

Omary Amonde is the oldest member of the Tinga Tinga cooperative and the last of the "first generation" artists. He was the son of Edward Saidi Tingatinga's cousin, and worked under the master for a short period before Tingatinga's death. His work is very sought after.

$225


Snake amid the Guinea Fowl
Omary Amonde (b. 1940, Nakapanya, Tanzania) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
August, 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (18" h x 18"w) (45 x 45cm).

Omary Amonde is the oldest member of the Tinga Tinga cooperative and the last of the "first generation" artists. He was the son of Edward Saidi Tingatinga's cousin, and worked under the master for a short period before Tingatinga's death. His work is very sought after.

$225


Cape Buffalo with Birds
Shukuru Abdelehmani (Dar es Salaam) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
July, 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (8" x 8") (20cm x 20cm).

$48


Elephants with Birds
Shukuru Abdelehmani (Dar es Salaam) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
August, 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (8" x 8") (20cm x 20cm).

$48


Antelope and Birds
Mwamedi Chiwaya (b. 1970, Dar es Salaam) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
October, 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (12" x 12") (30cm x 30cm).

$68


Hippos and Birds
Mwamedi Chiwaya (b. 1970, Dar es Salaam) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
October, 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (12" x 12") (30cm x 30cm).

$68


Birds in the Trees
Mwamedi Chiwaya (b. 1970, Dar es Salaam) - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
October, 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (12" x 12") (30cm x 30cm).

$68


Animals before Kilimanjaro
Mchisa - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
2014
Oil enamel on canvas (8" x 8") (20cm x 20cm).

$48

SOLD 11/2014


Three Birds
Daudi E. S. Tingatinga - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
March, 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (12" h x 12"w) (30 x 30cm).

Daudi Tingatinga was the only son of Edward Saidi Tingatinga, the founder of the Tinga Tinga painting movement. He was only a child when his father died in 1972.

$68


Lion
Daudi E. S. Tingatinga - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
March, 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (12" h x 12"w) (30 x 30cm).

Daudi Tingatinga was the only son of Edward Saidi Tingatinga, the founder of the Tinga Tinga painting movement. He was only a child when his father died in 1972.

$68

SOLD 11/2014


Grumpy Lion and other Animals before Kilimanjaro
Mbuka - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
March, 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (14" h x 12"w) (35 x 30cm).

$110

SOLD 8/2014


Two Mashetani with a Gourd
Henrick Lilanga - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
March, 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (8" x 8") (20cm x 20cm).

Henrick Lilanga is the grandson of the late Makonde Tanzanian artist George Lilanga. He learned from his grandfather and works in a style derived from him, depicting a world of mischievous mashetani (devils). Like his grandfather's work, it is not truly of the tingatinga style, but spans the worlds of both the tingating artists and the Makonde woodcarvers of their roots.

$68


Dancing
Hendick Lilanga - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
March, 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (8" x 8") (20cm x 20cm).

Henrick Lilanga is the grandson of the late Makonde Tanzanian artist George Lilanga. He learned from his grandfather and works in a style derived from him, depicting a world of mischievous mashetani (devils). Like his grandfather's work, it is not truly of the tingatinga style, but spans the worlds of both the tingating artists and the Makonde woodcarvers of their roots.

$68


Birds in the Bush
Jafary Mimus (b. 1962, Nakapanya, Tanzania)
March, 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (14" h x 12"w) (35 x 30cm).

Like several of the other Tinga Tinga artists, Jafary Mimus was born in the Makua village of Nakapanya, southern Tanzania. He started to paint in 1983, a student of Hashim Bushir.

$78


Leopard
Emilias - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (member of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society).
March, 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (8" h x 8"w) (20 x 20cm).

$48

SOLD 10/2014

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