“TINGATINGA shows us how to see the world with our inner child. Funny, happy and colorful,” writes Daniel Augusta, manager of the Tingatinga Arts Co-operative Society. Tingatinga art is about Africa—its wildlife and culture, especially that of Tanzania, the birthplace of the art form.

The year 1968 was a turning point in Edward’s life. He got a government job as a ward attendant in the Muhimbili public hospital in Dar es Salaam. While there, he found time to put his vivid childhood memories and impressions into his own art form. As a result, Tingatinga art was born. Edward did not have access to art shops with their specialized brushes, paints, pigments, and other items. So he used materials that anyone could buy in a local hardware store. His paint, for example, was enamel bicycle paint, and his “canvases” were pieces of compressed fiberboard that had a smooth, shiny finish on one side, making it ideal for painting glossy images.

Edward allowed a handful of close associates and relatives to observe while he painted. Soon, several of these became his “students,” and his style began to grow in popularity.

Source The Watchtower

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