African painting Tingatinga
African painting Tingatinga was born in Africa in 60s of the twentieth century. Its founder was Eduardo Saidi Tingatinga and this painting was named in his honor. Eduardo was born into a poor peasant family in a village Nakapanya, in southern Tanzania. According to some sources it happened in 1932, according to others in 1937. We can only guess what exactly made Eduardo draw – memories of village life, fairy tales and myths, which he had heard from his grandparents, European colorful posters or images of Hindu deities, he had seen in the shops and houses where he worked, or simply need to make money. The first pictures were drawn on cardboard, and before that – on the walls of houses.
Initially, all the work was about the size of 60×60 cm, which led to what some sources Tingatinga called “square painting.” To create the paintings used enamel paint which is used for cars and bikes, sometimes with the addition of oil. Eduardo Saidi Tingatinga sold his paintings on the streets of Dar es Salaam – Morogoro town in Storrs, Osterbey area where lived many Europeans about Muhimbili Hospital, where he was working, and it gave him some money.
In 1972 Tingatinga was accidentally killed by a policeman who mistook him for a fugitive. The Tingatinga school survived him, and grew in size and relevance. Through Tingatinga’s followers and imitators, the Tingatinga style gradually became the prominent type of tourist-oriented paintings in both Tanzania, Kenya, and a large part of East Africa. Tingatinga is buried at the Msasani Cemetery in Dar es Salaam.
Since the mid 80’s almost every year organizes exhibitions in galleries and museums in France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the U.S. Japan, Scandinavian countries.