Mohammed Wasia Charinda

About the Artist

Senior painter Mohammed Charinda with his painting "Tinga Tinga Art Studio", 2013 (see below).. Photo courtesy of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society, 2013)
Senior painter Mohammed Charinda with his painting "Tinga Tinga Art Studio", 2013 (see below).. Photo courtesy of Tinga Tinga Arts Cooperative Society, 2013)
Version of Charinda's depiction of the East African slave and ivory trade, exhibited at the Institut du Monde Arabe.
Version of Charinda's depiction of the East African slave and ivory trade, exhibited at the Institut du Monde Arabe.
Historic photo of 19th century East African ivory trade at the Institut du Monde Arabe.
Historic photo of 19th century East African ivory trade at the Institut du Monde Arabe.

While he emerged from the famous Tinga Tinga workshop in Dar es Salaam, Mohamed Wasia Charinda (born 1947, Nakapanya, Tanzania) developed his own distinct narrative style of painting.

        He started painting soon after the death of Edward Saidi Tingatinga, by becoming an apprentice to the first-generation artist Hashim Mruta in 1975. Rather than concentrating on idealized scenes of East African wildlife like many of his fellow artists, he depicts complex scenes of rural life, Makua folk tales and historical events. 

        Alongside scenes of planting and harvest, he does not shrink from brutal depictions of the East African slave trade, warfare in Uganda or the ritual abuse and murder of albinos.  In 1989, he was the first of the Tinga Tinga artists to make the switch from painting on the original Masonite panels used by E. S. Tingatinga, to painting on canvas or other fabric.  As in Haiti before, this change greatly assisted the marketing of the paintings, since expatriates and tourists could more easily carry the paintings back home with them.

        Charinda’s work has been exhibited at the British Museum and elsewhere abroad, and is featured in the 2008 survey Angaza Africa: African Art Now, by Christopher Spring, curator of the Sainsbury African galleries at the British Museum.  He has exhibited in Switzerland and Reunion Island, among other venues.

Charinda's paintings were also featured in the 2017 exhibit and book, Tresors de L'Islam en Afrique:  De Tombouctou a Zanzibar at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.  This included a version of his depiction of the East African slave and ivory trade, also included in the Indigo Arts collection.  

 

 

 

 

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Tanzania Uganda War (War in Uganda)
SKU: TT-1418

March, 2014
Oil enamel on canvas (31 1/2" x 39 1/4") (80cm x 100cm).  With custom framing.

$1200 Framed
The East African Slave and Ivory Trade
SKU: TT-1503

2014
Oil enamel on canvas (31.5" x 39.5") (80cm x 100cm).

$850
Tilling the Soil
SKU: Tinga26

c.2010
Oil enamel on canvas (30" x 35 1/2") (76cm x 90cm)

$800
Tinga Tinga Art Studio
SKU: TT-1419

October, 2013
Oil enamel on canvas (29" x 21") (74cm x 54cm).

$650

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