Friday, April 17, 2009

Tingatinga Art

Edward Saidi Tingatinga (1932 - 1972) was the origin of the naive style of painting who would later take his name. Tingatinga started painting in 1968, and although his career was ended prematurely in 1972, his style inspired his five students and then his followers to establish the Tingatinga School of Painters that continues to florish today.

The Tingatinga movement constitutes a genuine form of contemporary art, original to Tanzania.

From a purely technical standpoint, Tingatinga art can be defined as painting on masonite using bicycle paint. The paintings can be as small as ceramic tiles, while the biggest paintings are no doubt hanging above thousands of family room sofas.

Click here to learn more about E.S. Tingatinga, his artwork and his followers.

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