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Our Founder

From the most humblest of beginnings, Edward Saidi Tingatinga, the founder of Tinga Tinga Art, born in 1932 in a tiny village called Namochelia in Mindu area, near the village of Nakapanya in the Southern region of Tanzania, slowly and subtlety began a nationwide movement in Tanzania that would revolutionize the way art would be made. 

Tinga Tinga Art began as a simple idea: Use recycled, low-cost materials, like masonite squares, ceramic fragments, and bicycle paint. 

His style was naïve, bordering on surrealistic and humorous; most of his subjects were stereotypical African icons, such as wildlife or savannah landscapes. 

Edward's Tingatinga's paintings became very popular among European residents and tourists, and he was subsequently able to transition his previously part time job to a full time profession as an artist.


Our Mission

Every piece of African Art we produce is handcrafted in our workshop in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and we ship to every country in the world!

Our mission is to create a sustainable livelihood for our 100+ artists and to make their artworks globally accessible to anyone looking for great quality African Art.

We have been around since the 1990s and are better experienced than any other African art gallery anywhere to meet customer specific tastes and needs.

Our collection is broad and wide-ranging and covers almost all popular African painting styles.


Ethical Production

We care deeply about our artists, employing hundreds of talented artisans and transacting with them according to Fair Trade principles.

You don’t need to break the bank in the age of the modern internet. Our original, high quality and unique designs are sold at a fraction of the cost that you’d expect on the high street, since we do not follow the outdated retail model.

We leverage our unique heritage to build a worldwide market-leading brand. Everything we do is aimed at applying the unique cultural arts we have practiced here in Tanzania for millennia. In doing so, we preserve important cultural assets in our country.


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Handmade in Africa, TingaTinga paintings have gained global recognition as the most popular style of art in East Africa.

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Global Accreditation!

TingaTinga African paintings have gained global attention and accreditation and are widely regarded as one of the most vibrant form of African artworks on the continent.

They are popular globally and have a broad international audience who appreciate their uniqueness, creativity and style.

They have inspired the BBC's Tinga Tinga Tales in the United Kingdom and have had huge success in Tanzania's tourism industry.


Size Guide

Centimeters (CM)

Inches (IN)

50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

50CM x 50CM

19 11/16 in X 19 11/16 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM x 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM x 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

100CM x 80CM

39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

140CM x 110CM

55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in