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2. Under each available painting there is a BROWN line. The first number is CODE. Then follows the NAME OF ARTIST and THE SIZE of the painting in cm. And lastly the PRICE


3. Write the CODE of your favourite painting on a piece of paper. As you see on right, the code of the painting is 12316


4. After you select the paintings, go to PURCHASING FORM, Fill it and send it to me. I will confirm that the paintings are available.

5. After all is confirmed, you will pay

I will send you a link to payment page. In fact, this is the link: Pay Now. There you will see the "Pay Now" button which redirects you to secured site for payment.

6. I usually dispatch your paintings within 2 working days. After sending the paintings, you will receive the TRACKING NUMBER so you will be able to track your parcel.


7. You will receive your painting rolled in a tube or stretched on a wooden frame. (See below) Be careful when you take out the paintings. You find more information in USEFUL TIPS. And remember - you can always return the painting within 7 days after you receive it!

Stretched on a Wooden Frame or Rolled in a Tube ?

I have a motto: "An Original Painting in Every Family". I was inspired by Bill Gates and his vision: "A Computer in Every Family". Probably, no one believed him but he made it. And I wish that every family on our planet will be able to decorate its living space with an original hand-painted art.

So if you want to have a painting which you can put straight on your wall, please go to the section "For Every Family!". Not only are these paintings stretched on a wooden frame but they are also affordable and still beautiful.

I have been living in Tanzania for many years. I have been marketing manager of the Tinga Tinga Cooperative. And I am from the heart of the Europe, the Czech Republic. Therefore if you reside in European Union, you may pay only 35 USD for the postage fee. This means that you can get one original Tinga Tinga painting for only $160 ! For those who are residing outside the EU, the total price will be 185 USD.

All other paintings on this website are sold unstretched and will be sent in a plastic tube. You will have to go to a gallery and stretch the painting there.


5 Main Features of the Paintings

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 Eduardo Saidi Tinga Tinga who started to paint in 1968. He was born in Mozambique.

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 the Tinga Tinga paintings

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.

3. Investment

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 the industrial enamel colors. Many paintings on this website are painted by the family of E.S.Tingatinga. Some of them are painted even by the daughter of E.S.Tinga Tinga

Some Facts about Tinga Tinga

  • Name of art: Tinga Tinga or Tingatinga
  • Location: Tanzania, East Africa
  • Estimated number of painters: ca 500
  • Started in year: 1968
  • Founder: Edward Saidi Tingatinga (ca 1936 - 1972, born in Mindu in south Tanzania)
  • Teqniques: Mostly enamel colours on canvas or cealing board
  • Derivative Products: T-shirts, pencils, plates and others
  • Origin: wall paintings in south Tanzania
  • Institutions: Tingatinga Arts Co-operative Society and Tingatinga Arts Promotional Society
  • Number of Exhibtions: ca 5-10 exhibitions running parallell. (2009)
  • Supporting organisations: HELVETAS (Switzerland), BASATA (National Arts Council of Tanzania)
  • Most popular in: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Japan
  • Tinga Tinga Projects: FIFA - official art collection, Walt Disney - animated films Tinga Tinga Tales, African Art Product - Memo Card Game, HEYE - calendars and puzzles
  • Most Expensive Painting: over €37.000 sold at auction house in Paris in October 2010, Rajabu Chiwaya, Tingatinga Cooperative TACS
  • New styles developed by: George Lilanga, John Kilaka, Omari Amonde, Abdul Mkura, Mohamed Charinda, David Mzuguno, Sauyki Matindiko
  • The largest image: Wall painting in Copenhagen, Denmark (ca 5 floors high building)
  • The oldest painter: Omari Amonde, over 70 years old (the last living student of E.S.Tingatinga)
  • The greatest scholars: Jesper Kirknaes (Denmark), Merit Teisen (Denmark), Yves Goscinny (Belgium), Hanne Thorup (Demark), Christine Hatz (Switzerland) , Felix Lorenz (Germany)
  • Informative Websites:,,
  • Books: Tingatinga - Popular art from Tanzania by Yves Goscinny
  • Tinga Tinga women: ca 10 (out of hundreds painters)
  • Typical themes: Animals. Very popular is leopard, giraffe and birds. Cities and villages are also depicted