Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

17 January 2011

Tanzania: Three Tinga Tinga Artists Lands Monaco Deal

THREE Tanzanian Tinga Tinga artists will this year get a chance of a lifetime when they get to showcase their paintings in Monaco, France after winning the top international awards.

The three winners took part in the international exhibition from the South of France known as 'Aigle De Nice International' and received their awards over the weekend in Dar es Salaam.

The painters include Augustino Karali, who won a trophy and a certificate, Maliondo Amini received a Nice Matin trophy while Lewis Mseza received a certificate.

"The Tinga Tinga painters have also been invited to exhibit their paintings in Monaco, this year," said www.african-tinga.com co-founder, Jean-Louis Millet. Millet and his wife have decided to create the website in order to promote East African art in Europe; which he said as compared to West African art, is not yet widely known.

He congratulated the artists during the award giving ceremony and wished them the best of luck in future competitions, as well as in their future exhibitions in Europe.

The African-Tinga website was initiated by Dominique & Jean-Louis Millet and celebrated its 1st Anniversary on 1st November, 2010 in which two artists; Lewis and Jonas were announced to exhibit on the 6th World Wide Exhibition of Naif Art in Verneuil-Sur-Avre in France on April/May 2010.

They participated on a yearly roaming exhibition through Europe till April 2011, including Katowice-Poland (July/August 2010), Copenhagen - Denmark (December 2010 / January 2011).

They are also participating in the Centenary Henri Rousseau's competition, which will announce its winner at the end of the exhibition.

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