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The school of the Tinga Tinga painters

The school of the Tinga Tinga painters

June 09, 2018

The unexpected and premature death of Edward Saidi Tingatinga did cause considerable turmoil within the family and followers: Edward Saidi Tingatinga was indeed the driving force in his entourage and the only one with some financial success and notoriety. This abrupt new situation had cut short the life of a successful leader in the community, and he had left without giving a clue about his succession. What will happen now?

Post Mortem

The practical questions were somehow resolved by a family council and in accordance to the Makua tradition, but in this case not necessarily in the best interest of the deceased's wife (and children), particularly when taking into consideration the fact that she herself was not of the Makua tribe.

 For the art continuity point of view, Edward Tinga Tinga had been the initiator and undisputed leader of this form of painting. He had accepted to make benefit of his rapid success only to a handful of close relatives, by showing them how he painted himself rather than how to paint. 

In the couple of years following Edward Tinga Tinga's death, his former students, also called the Tinga Tinga painters of the first generation, became now the teachers of an increasing number of new apprentices who did constitute the second generation of Tinga Tinga painters. Hence, the original class of five has now expanded into a full scale painting space and training school, with masters and students side by side. 



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