Artists

Tanzanian artists have participated in decorating the Beach Rooms. Their work speaks for itself. Here are a few keynotes to their biographies.

Mwatuka Mussa

The painter was born on 24th September 1984 in Dar es Salaam and grew up in an artist’s family. She has the colours of Africa in her blood and loves to depict everyday situations in her pictures. She has an endless number of ideas. The material she uses for the realisation of her pictures is unfortunately very difficult to obtain, if at all. Mwatuka Mussa wants do more than just create art. She demands that all women in her country should record their experiences artistically.

Farida Husseini

Born in Tunduro in the rural south of Tanzania, Farida Husseini moved after her primary schooling to the 3-million metropolis Dar es Salaam to live with her sister. There she took various casual jobs and then in 2000 decided she definitely wanted to paint. She has four children and lives in the north of Dar es Saalam in the Kinondoni district. Her preference is painting sculptured wood objects.

Hendrick Lilanga

The grandson of the famous artist George Lilanga was born on 20th October 1974 in Dar es Salaam. He studied with his grandfather. As is usual for African art students, he copied his teaching master. In doing so, Hendrick at the same time developed his own entirely individual style. His “Ghosts”, his Shetani statues are dressed in modern clothes. This you cannot see on the Shetani statuettes of his grandfather.

Rashidi Mzuguno

He is a star in the African art world and was born on 9th June 1987 in one of the oldest cities in Tanzania, in Bagamoyo. He often helped his grandfather, the painter David Mzuguno on larger assignments. His grandfather wanted his grandson to stay at school for longer. This he rejected with the words: «if I stay at school, I cannot paint». Although there has been a strong influence through the close collaboration with his grandfather, Rashidi Mzunguno’s style is quite individual. He combines two painting techniques and thereby demonstrates a precision, which is almost incredible for such a young artist.

Iddi Issa

He comes from a family of artists and grew up with colours. His artistic development shows his transition from traditional Tinga Ting art into a free style. The newer a work is, this independence becomes clearer. Iddi Issa lives with his family in Kinondoni a little outside the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.