There are villages in Africa where the mural art is living until today. These absolutly stunning wall paintings are found in southern Tanzania. Now even you have a chance to decorate your walls with the aboriginal art. The paintings below are painted with soils, ash and charcoal - deep in the African forests !

Buy a painting from this website and support the research about the aboriginal Tinga Tinga paintings!

The modern Tinga Tinga art has its origins in the decoration of hut walls. It is possible to still find such wall paintings in northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania, especially in the village of Ngapa, where Tinga Tinga family settled.

The paintings which are produced on the touristic spots in Tanzania are derived from the aboriginal mural paintings. Even Eduardo Tinga Tinga himself, the father of the modern Tinga Tinga movement, used to decorate the huts with the aboriginal paintings. But in the city, he used the enamel colors instead of soil.

Eduardo Tinga Tinga belonged to a small tribe called Ndonde. Interestingly, the tribe continues to paint on hut walls until today.

The artists apply colored soils, ash and charcoal to the walls of the huts. They paint objects seen in their surroundings, including airplanes and helicopters, the only attribute belonging to the the world "outside". Most of the paintings deal with the people and the wild animals. The popular leopard paintings seen in the "commercial" Tinga Tinga art were also found on the hut walls.

The Ngapa region is rich in different kinds of soils. The main types of soils are red, yellow and brown. There is also a black soil but since the charcoal is used instead, this type of soil isn't often utilized. The charcoal is sometimes substituted by the coal found in used batteries.

The white color is made from the ash. On isolated occasions, the use of plant pigments were also observed but still no research was done on the subject.

After observing the traditional wall paintings, Mr. Augusta ecouraged the aboriginal painters to apply the soils straight on the canvas. The soils are spread on the flat hut walls by hands.

But the canvases are much smaller so the brushes were introduced to the Ndonde community to achieve a better precision in the painting techniques.

In fact, the brushes started to generate details and patterns which could never be achieved by hands. The use of the brushes was also justified by the fact that a new component was added to the soils, coal and ash - an adhesive.

The adhesive's goal is to keep the material together when applied to the canvas. The adhesive is not essential for a painting made on a wall in a village so it is never used in wall paintings. But when used on canvas, it improves the durability of the paints.

This website is the first to presents the art works of the aboriginal Tinga Tinga painters. The mural art from Africa in general is very rich and has a long history. The first wall paintings were observed by the explorers like Karl Weule in 1906. The mural art was probably practiced for many hundreds of years but yet never exposed to the public.

Mr.Tinga Tinga continued to create art of his Ndonde community using modern materials and tools when he reached the city. But when he suddenly died in 1972, his art was widely copied by the Makua tribe where his mother comes from.

The aboriginal Tinga Tinga art lives its own life in isolated villages without any commercial incitaments. It was only the commercial Tinga Tinga art which was exposed for the last 40 years. The aboriginal Tinga Tinga art was hidden until today.

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