Original Tingatinga African Art
Traditional African Art
African Tingatinga Art is a unique style of painting. You will not see this style of painting anywhere else in the world. Although some artists are traveling and starting to take their art further a field. Tingatinga art is primarily produced and sold in East Africa, Tanzania.
You will never see massed produced Tingatinga Art. Traditional Tingatinga African Art can be described as folk art or abstract art. Often painting the Maasai in their bright colored cloth and abstract images of animals. The artists also paint stories about the AIDS virus, trying to make people more aware of the situation.
It all started with a man called Eduardo Saidi Tingatinga, born in 1932 in a village in southern Tanzania on the border of Mozambique. During the 1960s he established an art form that became associated with his homeland Tanzania.
Eduardo Saidi Tingatinga was a self taught painter, he only had 4 years of primary school education. He was just starting to receive recognition for his square board-paintings, when his life was cut short in 1972, unfortunately he was mistaken for a fleeing thief and fatally shot by the police.
Before he died he started to attracted young followers wanting to imitate his style.
Tingatinga art can be defined as painting on Masonite using enamel bicycle paint.Today Tingatinga thrives, being extremely popular with Europeans and Japanese and expanding around the globe.
Tingatinga African Art work is truly a unique style of painting.
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Tingatinga Art is a unique style of painting, you will not see this type of African Art anywhere else in the world. Although some artists are travelling and starting to take their art further a field.