Daniel Augusta is the Marketing Manager of the local Tanzania Art Licensing Agency, TANART. Tinga Tinga Studio is only one of activities of TANART.
Marketing Manager, TANART, Tanzania Art Licensing Agency.
Dar es Salaam
Junction of Changombe/Nyerere Rd
Situated at Mikono Cultural Heritage Center
Dar es Salaam
Monday - Sunday 8:00 - 18:00
The website TingaTingaStudio.com is managed by Daniel Augusta. Daniel was born in the former Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic. After studying at Chalmers University in Sweden, he traveled extensively through the African continent where he fell in love with the colorful and vibrant paintings called Tinga Tinga. It was in 2005.
He brought few of them to friends in Europe who were very impressed. It didn't take a long time before Daniel set up art agency called Afrum which organized exhibitions and presented the Tinga Tinga painters through his first website Afrum.com. Now the year was 2007.
Only a year later in 2008, the TingaTingaStudio.com started. But it was just set up in order to show new found paintings in Tanzania (and few Malaba sculptures) to some eager collectors. They were just about 5 people!
Since then TingaTingaStudio.com has grown. Within 6 years, 9 versions of the website were published. And each time, the website was better and better as the programming skills advanced. More than 700 customers were served and about 10.000 paintings presented and many of them sold.
As you see now, the focus is shifting from selling paintings to individual customers to wholesaling the paintings to art dealers and galleries around the world. And of course, licensing images and commissioning art works is also becoming an important part of Tinga Tinga Studio's activities.
The premises of the Mikono Cultural Heritage
Tinga Tinga Studio is one stop website for all those who are interested in Tinga Tinga art. We are situated at the premises of the Mikono Cultural Heritage on the main road leading from the international airport to the center of Dar es Salaam.
We focus mainly on licensing and sale of Tinga Tinga paintings to customers all over the world. We assist with authentications of art works, organizing exhibitions, providing information about artists and more. We consider all those who deal with Tinga Tinga art as our partners and we are excited to promote this unique art style together with you on the global level.
Martina Tingatinga, the daughter of E.S.Tingatinga is working at the Mikono Gallery
This website was started as a tool to promote and sell Tinga Tinga paintings from Tanzania. However the website is not subsidiary of any artist group in Tanzania, something which garantees neutral choice of quality art... Despite nonalingnment to any art institution, the marketing is done in cooperation with Martina Tingatinga, the daughter of Edward Saidi Tingatinga
If you have more questions about Tinga Tinga art, don´t hesitate to contact me. Do you want to know more about the artists who are represented on Tinga Tinga Studio? Then go to Artist Page! Or are you interested in Tinga Tinga art? Learn how to buy a painting!
Edward Tingatinga was an artisan born in South Tanzania around 1936 and in 1968 he started to paint colorful paintings which became very popular among expatriates in Tanzania. Edward Tingatinga died in 1972. Today, the popular style has spread in Tanzania and the tourists may find Tinga Tinga art works and handicraft on many places in East Africa. We start to speak about Tinga Tinga art style. However most of painters copies the original ideas of few artists. It is aim of this website to bring you the best and original art works made by creative artists.
Tinga Tinga´s home is Tanzania. This remarkable country is situated under equator in East Africa and border to Kenya. Tanzania is extremely popular tourist destination because of the vast wildlife - one of last to be found on our planet. Tanzania is also known for the highest African mountain Kilimanjaro and the legendary island of Zanzibar where Fred Mercury was born. Tanzania is peaceful country with huge cultural diversities - 120 tribe and many religions are found here. Tanzania is also known for the famous Makonde art - sculptures made from ebony tree.
6 Main Features of Tinga Tinga Paintings
1. They come from Tanzania
You will find them just everywhere in Tanzania. And that is reflected in the paintings too. Haven´t you seen paintings depicting the highest mountain of Africa - Kilimanjaro? Or what about the biggest market in East Africa - Kariakoo? Maybe Zanzibar, Mount Meru, never ending savannah or Masai will are more known to you?
2. Tinga Tinga is a name of a person
And that person lives and paints right now. She is called Martina Tingatinga (also spelled Tinga Tinga) and is the daughter of Edward Tingatinga who started to paint in 1968.
3. Using a Special Technique - Enamel Colours
The most important feature of Tinga Tinga art is that the paintings are painted with enamel colours. Without enamel colors - no Tinga Tinga. So what are these enamel colours? The frames of your window are probably painted with enamel colours. And definitely your metal fence in garden. Or metal garage port. The enamel colours have characteristic turpentine odour. Those are industrial colour, not art colours.
4. Highly Decorative Patterns
Whatever the motive, you will find some common features in every Tinga Tinga painting. The "secret" of Tinga Tinga paintings are the dots. You will find them on almost every painting. The most popular of all animals is guinea fowl due to many dots on feathers. The second most popular animal is leopard. You see again the dots. To summarize it - the repetitive pattern is underlying recept for cooking up a good Tinga Tinga painting
5. A Black Border - Not Any More!
Once there was a black border or black wooden board on every Tinga Tinga painting. That is not the case today.
6. What are the Roots of Tinga Tinga Art?
That is a bit of mystery. Why there is so big Tinga Tinga art movement in Tanzania? Sometimes Tinga Tinga art is called a tourist art so the demand from tourists could be explanation to why hundreds of painters frequent streets of Tanzanian cities. But that is only partly true since in Kenya there are more tourists and no Tinga Tinga art. Maybe the roots could be the widespread wall paintings on hut walls in South Tanzania, the home of Tinga Tinga painters. Maybe the many thousand rock paintings are predecessors of Tinga Tinga paintings. After all - the birth place of Edward Tingatinga is crowded with rocks. But in fact - we don´t know anything about the roots to Tinga Tinga art!
7 reasons why to buy a Tinga Tinga painting
1. Make your Life Unique
All Tinga Tinga paintings are handpainted on canvas or hard board. Owning a piece of original Tinga Tinga painting is a refreshing experience in our world of mass production. It brings balance and uniqueness to our lives.
2. All Purpose Present
Can´t you figure out the next present for your family members, children, boyfriend, girlfriend or parents. Then consider a Tinga Tinga paintings. It can be never wrong. And don´t forget - you don´t give away only a "coloured canvas" but a feeling, message and much more.
Being still grossly underestimated, the Tinga Tinga art will be rather on rise than decline. Frankly speaking - where you can get an original piece of art for a few hundred dollars? Just recently a Tinga Tinga painting was auctioned for $51.000 so you have absolutely nothing to lose.
4. Social Engagement
I know people who spend thousands of dollars for child adoptions or African charities. But in fact "giving away" is becoming old-fashioned. People want to be proud, self-sustaining and independent. Through buying a painting you have done much more for poor people than just to "give away". You gave them purpose and engagement. You gave them a meal and children fees.
5. Art Therapy
I bet that Tinga Tinga paintings are charged with energy. Many people told me about feeling happy after seeing a Tinga Tinga painting. And sure - there is a whole science called Art Therapy. Tinga Tinga is definitely helping your soul.
6. Decorating cheaply home
Go out to the nearest home decor shop and compare the prices of mass produced posters with prices of original Tinga Tinga paintings. It is unfortunate for art but good luck for you. Mitole paintings are in British Museum and Charinda´s paintings at National Gallery in Firenze. Now you can have them too on your walls - for the price of posters.... almost.
7. Starting a Collection
Tinga Tinga paintings are fantastical collectable items. Start a Tinga Tinga collection now and you will meet many other people who do the same. Build up your collection based on your interest. Virtually all themes are available within Tinga Tinga art.
Our Tinga Tinga paintings are from the family of E.S.Tingatinga
Once upon the time a man called Edward Saidi Tingatinga painted under Baobab tree in Dar es Salaam. It is not fair tale, it was in 1968. He was a very succesful painter. Until his death he taught 6 students who later taught other painters. Now there are hundreds of painters in Tanzania! The definiton of Tinga Tinga is difficult to grasp since the paintings are very different today. Technically the Tinga Tinga paintings are painted by industrial enamel colors. Many paintings on this website are painted by the family of E.S.Tingatinga. Some of them are by the daughter of E.S.Tingatinga
Some facts about Tinga Tinga
"Tingatinga paintings have grown to become world famous and a hallmark of indigigenous Tanzanian art of which we are most proud. Unfortunately, very few people abroad have seen original Tingatinga paintings, the market beeing full reproductions and immitations". By Benjamin William Mpaka, The previous President of the United Republic of Tanzania (source: Christine Hatz, Tingatinga, 1996)
"Tinga Tinga art existed for a long time, as can be seen from the ancient rock-drawings in certain regions of Tanzania. Also wall-painting, that is decoration of house-walls with different shades of clay - red, blak and white - has long been practised in the southern and central regions. These pictures show mostly animals and birds, sometimes also human figures" By Deo Kafwa, previous Marketing Manager of Nyumba ya Sanaa (source: Christine Hatz, Tingatinga, 1996)
"It is artists way of survival. A survival. But what they sell is so much more than the tourists can put into their walls. They sell their souls, they sell their thoughts. They sell their life, their hardship. They sell food, they sell because it is the only way". By Doreen Mandawa, a local expatriot artist
"I have discovered that many of the images are mass-produced, however, those particular would be the ones the artists knew they could sell to all kind of tourists. On the other hand, they also always seem to be working on the other paintings, somehow more personal. For the artists to have enough money to be able to work on the more personalised paintings they need to produce the ones that they "know by heart" so as to make a living." By Pernille Nessje, researcher
"Art very much exists in Tanzania, but has been subdued; with no places to exhibit, the artists have simply gone underground and built around them a survival network that will allow them to reach the better season...." By Yves Goscinny. An art critics from Belgium who lived in Tanzania for more than 10 years
"In Europe, art has been growing very abstract to an extent that some art lovers feel that it has become a monologue- an artist expressions that makes little sense.
"Probably the best object I brought home from the trip to Kenya was a single painting by a Tanzanian named Sey Rashid Hussein who paints crowded city scenes in a capacious style called Tingatinga, after a self-taught painter in Tanzania of the same name." By Pascal Zachary (source: http://africaworksgpz.com/2009/10/18/tingatinga-the-birth-of-an-african-art-movement/)