Glenda Cinquegrana Art Consulting is proud to present
From 2nd to 16th of December, 2023.
“Painting is a moment of freedom. It’s not about geometry; it’s about liberating yourself” (Esther Mahlangu)
Glenda Cinquegrana Art Consulting is proud to present an OVR dedicated to four African artists: Mikidadi Bush (Tanzania), Mohamed Wasia Charinda (Tanzania), Esther Mahlangu (South Africa), Maurus M. Malikita (Tanzania). The OVR focuses on the comparison of four different painting styles of African artists.
Mikidadi Bush is a painter and sculptor born in 1957 in Tanzania, where he lives and works today. His painting, based on fully imaginative Surrealism, based on the legends of his own tribe, is technically sophisticated and mature.
Tingatinga is a painting style with highly saturated colours, which began in Tanzania as art for tourists. Mohamed Wasia Charinda (1947-2021) stood out among the exponents of this school and soon developed his own style, using canvas instead of masonite panels and introducing new themes. Instead of focusing on African flora and fauna, the artist depicted complex scenes of rural life, Macua folk tales and historical facts.
Born in Middleburg (South Africa) in 1935, Esther Mahlangu‘s art practice is firmly rooted in the centuries-old traditional Ndebele culture, handed down through the family and passed on only by women, which includes painting, clothing, and beading. Being firmly rooted in the tribal language considered in the mural medium, her contemporary painting is a way of conveying new meanings to those ancient traditions, as well as an ode to the importance of the transmissive role of women in traditional and contemporary societies.
Maurus M. Malikita was born in Lindi, Tanzania in 1964 and currently lives and works in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He worked as a carpenter before joining the Tingatinga Arts Cooperative (TACS) in 1988. He received the prize of the first edition of the Malindi International Art Biennial in 2007.
Rooted in illustration his painting, applying flat colors to little figures, conveys the atmosphere of crowded and chaotic life in African big cities.