Friday, June 25, 2010

(Social) Realism: Tanzania

Tingatinga art can be defined as painting on masonite using bicycle paint. Bicycle paint is a good medium to work in when making clear, vibrant colored paintings that contain sharp contrasts. Since the paint does not dry very fast, it requires that the artist first paints the background, letting the paint dry before working on the foreground design. This technique of letting the background dry, as well as the thick consistency of bicycle paint, are what make Tingatinga paintings so easy to interpret, since they display contours and clearly separated color surfaces.The term Tingatinga has been broadened and is now used to describe many different types of colorful paintings.

Antony Jonas


Kalembo Fidelis

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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