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George Lilanga Art for Sale and Sold Prices

b. 1934 - d. 2005

George Lilanga is one of Tanzania’s best-known artists internationally. He fused influences from traditional Makonde carving with surreal, modern observations to create his much celebrated, idiosyncratic sculptures and paintings. Lilanga began training as a sculptor in 1961, making wood carvings in the traditional Makonde form.

He moved to Dar es Salaam in 1970, where he encountered the Tingatinga School, which had a profound effect on his work. In 1979 he participated in a group exhibition of African artists in Washington DC, where the artist Keith Haring saw Lilanga’s paintings and later acknowledged the significant impact this encounter had made on his own work. Today Lilanga’s work is widely collected, featuring in many important private and institutional collections of African art.

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About George Lilanga

b. 1934 - d. 2005

Related Styles/Movements

Contemporary African Art

Aliases

Georges Lilanga, George Lilanga Di Nyama, George Lilanga di Nyama

Biography

George Lilanga is one of Tanzania’s best-known artists internationally. He fused influences from traditional Makonde carving with surreal, modern observations to create his much celebrated, idiosyncratic sculptures and paintings. Lilanga began training as a sculptor in 1961, making wood carvings in the traditional Makonde form.

He moved to Dar es Salaam in 1970, where he encountered the Tingatinga School, which had a profound effect on his work. In 1979 he participated in a group exhibition of African artists in Washington DC, where the artist Keith Haring saw Lilanga’s paintings and later acknowledged the significant impact this encounter had made on his own work. Today Lilanga’s work is widely collected, featuring in many important private and institutional collections of African art.