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Our Founder

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

At the age of 25 in 1957, Edward Tingatinga left his home village and went to work as a sisal labourer in Tanga region, which is located on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Some of his relatives also joined him in Tanga before Tingatinga moved to Dar es Salaam, a major commercial city of Tanzania, in 1960.

Tinga Tinga African Art began as a simple idea: Using 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 African 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 African artist.

Today, this style of African art is made with oil and enamel paints under canvas.

Edward Tingatinga died in 1972 after being shot by a police officer during a car chase in a case of mistaken identity. This tragic death was reported the following day in newspapers and the nation realized that Edward Tingatinga was prematurely dead. However, that was not the end of his school.

His legacy continues to live on in the hearts and minds of the African artists who adopted his style of African painting. His ubiquitous style has been met with great popularity by audiences outside Tanzania who love the unique style and the story behind the brand.

TingaTinga paintings are one of the most popular style of African paintings found in Eastern Africa. What once began as a simple idea for local artisans to survive is today a global brand loved by people globally!

Our Mission

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

Our mission is to create a sustainable livelihood for our 100+ artists and to make their African-style paintings globally accessible to anyone looking for great quality African Art. Tanzania has one of the largest creative industries in Africa with home to hundreds of talented African artists having an important role in Tanzanian cultural life. We are committed to creating tangible, great quality African paintings that have positive impacts, not just to our customers and our local artists, but on the quality of life of our community. We have been around since 1968 and are better experienced than any other African art gallery anywhere to meet customer specific tastes and needs. We consider our business to be a social enterprise, leveraging on the unique skill set of our African artists and a mission to improve their lives.

Our mission has a deeply-rooted social cause: We empower our African artists and their families to break the cycle of poverty by providing access to education, healthcare, greater prosperity, well-being and financial inclusion. We offer a broad ranging African art collection that covers nearly all African painting genres to appeal to the widest possible audience worldwide.

Too many people are denied opportunities. Too many people are excluded and under-represented simply because of who they are. The system isn't working – so we need to change it. That means going further than ever to break down barriers and create opportunities in our workplaces, our supply and distribution chains, and in society at large. This will not only help build a fairer world, it will strengthen our business.

We align a great buying experience together with a respectable social cause in Tanzania. Try us out and you will not be disappointed with the quality of our service. Thousands of our customers globally agree with us too!

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Our Production

Our production process uses a holistic approach to the entire painting process. We focus on financial and social inclusion for all involved. Ethical businesses care about every part, every facet, of their company. From production to the customer, ethical businesses focus on all stakeholders.

On a global scale, ethical manufacturing focuses on the good health, safety, and fair compensation of our workforce. We use export quality canvases, paints and packaging materials throughout our production process to ensure you receive the best quality product. We care deeply about our artists, employing hundreds of talented artisans and transacting with them according to Fair Trade principles.

You do not 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.

Here in Tanzania, we have limited resources, and everything is valuable since it is scarce. Everything has a purpose even if not the original purpose it was intended for - and if not, one can be found for it. For us, it's equal parts ingenuity and resourcefulness that equals true ethical practice. This is how we have been able to survive and thrive till the present time and this is how we will continue to thrive in the future.


Our Vision

With an extensive network of African artists all across the country, we are the largest and most inspiring visual arts experience in Africa. Our collection is broad and extensive with a total number of more than 100 local talented artists working for us.

Our vision is to become one of the most formidable forces in the creative industry space on the continent and to export our paintings globally. We envision an online art gallery accessible to everyone as a vibrant virtual space in service of our community, to foster greater social engagement, critical thinking, and greater creativity.

Our ultimate ambition is to make a powerful contribution to the cultural life of Tanzania and the continent at large by collaborating with creative and marginalized communities to offer extraordinary African art experiences that engage, challenge and inspire diverse audiences all over the world. We are united by a common passion to offer authentic and meaningful experiences for people through African art; and a shared belief that through art we know ourselves, each other and the world, more deeply.

Our vision encompasses the transformation of the nascent and untapped potential of the creative industry in Tanzania and leverage the unique talent found here and monetize this for the benefit of our artists.

We are dedicated to achieving our vision in a socially-responsible manner, with the greatest level of business ethics.


Our Ethos

One of our main objectives is to encourage an awareness of the holistic nature of the African artist, whose inspiration derives from the highest sources and whose skill and dedication creates masterpieces which we can all recognize as part of our national heritage.

The gallery rekindles the awareness that form, pattern and colour in traditional arts are not simply aesthetically pleasing nor merely tools for design, but that embody a profound beauty; the beauty of the permanent that shines through in the world of the transient. With the purchase of our artworks, our customers can experience the beauty of Africa – a spiritual, sacred beauty, connecting the whole of creation.

Our African art gallery's holistic ethos holds that our artists are able to monetize their efforts and entirely provide a means of living and sustenance.

The kind of originality nurtured and respected at our gallery goes beyond focusing on producing exceptional artwork by particular individuals. Here, originality means ‘from the origin’, returning to first principles as well as cultural and artistic roots, nurturing them and bringing forth new shoots. It is this understanding of originality which enables the artists at the gallery to create contemporary arts through living traditions.

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Global Recognition

TingaTinga African paintings have gained global attention and recognition and are widely regarded as one of the most vibrant form of African paintings on the African continent. They are popular worldwide and have a broad international audience who appreciate their uniqueness, creativity and style. We truly offer one of the most unique products on the African continent.

Our paintings have also inspired the BBC's Tinga Tinga Tales in the United Kingdom and they have had huge success in Tanzania's tourism industry by putting Tanzania and Tinga Tinga Paintings on the global map. Created for a global audience of 3 to 6 year olds, Tinga Tinga Tales is a land full of big stories and big surprises! Inspired by traditional African Folk tales and the art of Tanzania, Tinga Tinga Tales opens up a fantastical world of color, characters and transformation. Tinga Tinga Tales brings to life tall tales of how of your favorite animals came to be the way they are today. It's a world of stripes and spots, rainbows and patterns. A world where humans don't exist and animals live by their own rules. A world of myth, legend and friendship. A world where you can fly too close to the sun, jump off clouds, and summon musical storms; where you can sing and dance with the dawn chorus, or fall asleep under the stars. A magical world where animals transform before your very eyes!

Happy Customers Globally

Since we first started, we have had customers from almost every country in the world and have had a 100% customer satisfaction rate. Since we started our online store, we have had similar reception with tons of happy customers all over the world who see as the most authoritative website in the world to buy African art and paintings. We are eager to welcome African art lovers and collectors from wherever that may live. We continuously seek positive and productive relationships between artist, patron, and gallery. The African art collection is evolving and we are constantly presenting fresh work & ideas. Variety is indeed the spice of life! Our artists are that spice.

Our goal is to have a strong point of differentiation, where you, the art lover, will regard us a destination worthy of arriving. We eagerly seek your ideas and suggestions. Authenticity and engagement have been the keys to our success. Our customers are always satisfied. Take a look at our African art collection and see the results for yourself. We’re happy to provide references, and all of our work is guaranteed. We are probably the only African art brand that has delivered a 100% customer satisfaction rate across all our clients worldwide since our inception. Our focus on fantastic customer service makes us stronger. It helps us to attract, retain and engage the most satisfied customers. It protects our people, our assets, our reputation and our relationships with all our stakeholders. It supports the conditions to work collaboratively, both internally and with our partners. And ultimately it helps us grow sustainably and deliver on our strategy to becoming a global brand. We love engaging with our customers and invite all of them to review our service after delivery. Your feedback is important to us and we deeply value your input in our business.

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Largest Art Gallery in Africa

We are proud to be one of the largest African Art galleries on the African continent. We empower our artists and their families to break the cycle of poverty by providing access to jobs right here in Tanzania. We cut out the middleman and get money directly into the hands of our artisans. In doing this, we are able to maximize their profits which in turn means more and better paying jobs is created for the community, more foreign exchange is netted for the country, which means more development can be funded. We care deeply about the value we create for our customers, artists and the society at large.

We are proud to be the largest and most successful African art gallery on the continent exporting African art to a large international customer base globally. In addition to our large network of artists across Tanzania, we also partner with the largest logistics companies in the world and are proud to be able to export across every country in the world, free of charge.

We are at the forefront of establishing ourselves as one of the world's largest players in the creative industry in Africa with a formidable workforce and global export logistics capacity.

Export of handmade artworks is also exempted from import duties and taxes in most countries in the world, providing an additional incentive for our customers globally to enjoy duty-free purchases from us.


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