The painting was influenced by Zaramo traditional dance called Mdundiko from Tanzanian. Mdundiko is one of the traditional and ritual dances (ngoma) of the Zaramo people living in the Dar es Salaam area, in Tanzania. Mdundiko dances are associated with weddings and the rites of passage celebrating female puberty. The dance takes place during the golden hour of the day, the warm and gentle feeling of finally setting your spirit free with the expression of dance and feeling of achievement. The painting is on stretched canvas. I chose canvas due to its longevity, ease of transportation and the infusion of its acceptance of acrylic paint. Being a native of East Africa, Mdundiko was an experience I encountered during specific times of the year. I stood by the gate and watched the dancers pass by my house with their drums and dance that rose the brown sand in the air and the glimmering light of the evening sun peeping through. The darker colors contrasting with brighter colors emphasize the delicate and detail Instruments.
Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper
Size:9 W x 12 H x 0.1 D in
Size with Frame:14.25 W x 17.25 H x 1.2 D in
Ready to Hang:Yes
Packaging:Ships in a Box
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
Hi, my name is Abu Mwenye. I am a Tanzanian American artist living here in the US. My areas of specialty are: Acrylic paintings, oils, commission works, and really anything which challenges my creative mind. My interest in Art was inspired by my Uncle's sketches. As a teenager I took formal art classes to hone my artistic abilities. Later, during my college years I studied sketching and watercolor painting. Now my passion is to paint with oils, acrylic and have been learning and exploring with them for quite awhile. My art depicts all aspects of African life.. My customers love that my work depicts many cultural scenes ranging from realistic portraits of Masai children to more abstracted tribal figures, and also includes realistic African landscapes. My love of art runs deep inside me, and I have an excellent eye for detail which helps to keep my clients happy.
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