Once upon the time a man called Edward Saidi Tingatinga painted under Baobab tree in Dar es Salaam. It is not fairy tale, it was in 1968. He was a very successful painter. Until his death he taught 6 students who later taught other painters. Now there are hundreds of TingaTinga painters in Tanzania! The definition of TingaTinga is difficult to grasp since the paintings are very different today. Technically the TingaTinga paintings are painted by industrial enamel colors. Many paintings on this website are painted by the family of E.S.Tingatinga. Some, like those below, are painted by the son of E.S.Tingatinga, Daudi TingaTinga.
Daudi Tingatinga is the only son of the most known Tanzanian painter Edward Saidi Tingatinga. The word Tingatinga is used also as a term for the whole art movement. But the life of Daudi was not easy. His father died when he was a baby leaving behind his wife and two children. (the other child is Daudi´s sister Martina). He was living in poverty and his mother Agatha have had not enough money for food, not speaking about education. It was a good luck that Mzee Lumumba showed to Daudi how to paint because without him the only son of Tingatinga wouldn’t do other jobs than painting.
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