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Tinga Tinga paintings are a unique and visually stunning painting style that was developed in the second half of the 20th century in Tanzania, Africa.

The paintings tend to be striking in colour due to being made on masonite and are popular with tourists such as Europeans and Americans due to the ease of transportation.

The paintings are found all over Tanzania in different sizes and quality, but are best found in the Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society, located at Morogoro Stores in Dar es Salaam, its capital city.

Why not consider buying a piece of Tinga Tinga Art as your next holiday souvenir?

In this blog we explore why you should buy Tinga Tinga Art.


There’s no doubt that buying prints and posters is fun – but there’s a lot to be said for saving up for a piece of Tinga Tinga Art.

1. Buying a painting supports the artist directly.

Tinga Tinga painters lovingly make their work, and it can be challenging to make ends meet in such a labour-intensive and competitive field. Enrich your home and feel good knowing your purchase is helping to support a local artist by shopping at their galleries or online.

Buying a painting supports the artist directly

2. Paintings are tactile.

An ordinary print surface can never live up to a gorgeous textured handmade painting. Whether done on a canvas, wood or mottled watercolour paper, Tinga Tinga paintings have a tactile quality that sets them apart from the rest.

Paintings are tactile

3. Paintings are perfect for renters.

If you rent, it can be difficult to personalise your own space when you’re not allowed to paint the walls or make other changes. Hang a painting or two and you can really make the place your own. Unlike bulky pieces of furniture, a painting can be carried with you no matter where you are and where you live.

Paintings are perfect for renters.

4. Paintings are one of a kind.

There’s something satisfying about having a completely unique piece of artwork that you cannot get anywhere else.

5. Paintings are handmade.

Like handmade clothes or furniture, paintings show the hand of their maker so you can add a touch of personality to the home. Mass produced items cannot compete with that.

6. A painting can make the room.

A painting begs to be the focal point of a room. Whether your artistic taste runs to the bold and graphic or to vintage landscapes, the painting you choose is bound to have a large impact on your space and give it the wow factor.

7. Paintings can make a house feel lie a home.

Paintings you’ve owned for a while become like old friends. Simply pulling out your paintings and putting them up can make any space, no matter where you are, feel like home – you can even hand your painting down to sons, daughters, grandchildren as you get older.

8. Paintings inspire.

Looking at a painting you love refreshes your spirit. Why not give yourself the gift of daily inspiration by saving up for a small painting you adore?


If these reasons are enough to persuade you to buy a piece of Tinga Tinga Art, you can purchase a lovingly handmade and unique piece from the Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society’s official website on TingatingaArt.com.

Paintings are one of a kind

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