What is Tingatinga?
The famous Tingatinga Art Cooperative Society, founded by Edward Saidi Tingatinga, is located in the Morogoro Stores area of Dar es Salaam. On one hand, it serves as an art school. On the other hand, it serves as a means for local artists to make a living by selling their art internationally. At the Society, you will find artists painting and displaying their beautiful works of art. The Tinga Tinga style of painting came to be in the second half of the 20th century. The paintings are colorful and vibrant. In addition to paintings, some artists offer painting lessons or photography sessions. There are also hand-carved wooden pieces.
The prices are reasonable and shipping to your home country can be arranged. You can order in person or online. when you make a purchase, you directly support the artist. Not to mention, you’ll be purchasing a one-of-a-kind painting. Each painting speaks to the natural beauty of Tanzania and the lively culture of the Tanzanian people.
During my recent visit, I met Martina, Mr. Edward Saidi Tingatinga’s daughter. I managed to get some video footage and photos before my phone died. Martina and her work are featured in the video. You can watch it on YouTube.
To find out more information about Tingatinga Art, or to purchase online, check out their website.