Artist: A. Hasani
Artist: L. Nangida
Artist: M. Chiwaya
Artist: Mbwana Sudi
Artist: SufianiPersonally, I think that some of these paintings would look adorable in a child's bedroom.
This school of art was started by a single man in 1968, named Edward Saidi Tingatinga (1936 - 1972). Unfortunately, he met a rather young and untimely death as a result of being hit by a police bullet. Amidst growing popularity with ex-pats living here and tourists on safari, the family of Tingatinga decided to start the Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society in 1990. Today, the Co-operative boasts over 100 active artists and can proudly proclaim itself as one of the largest illustration, design, and arts studios in the world. But the actual number of Tinga Tinga painters is estimated to be on the order of up to 1000, located mostly in Tanzania, but also found throughout other parts of the world.
Tinga Tinga's roots and origins are likely linked to the African tradition of decorating hut walls. Below is a hut wall painting from 1906:
Our favorite bar in Mikadi Beach is decked out in Tinga Tinga paintings.
Photo Credits (Process of Painting Motorcycle):