Lutengano also known as “Lute” is from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A coastal city along the Indian Ocean with broad pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue shorelines. The popular tourist destination and anthropological wonder has been catapulted into the spotlight for being the location where the discovery of the world’s earliest living human beings were found.
In the art community, Dar es Salaam is also widely recognized for an art style called “Tingatinga” that is specific to this area. Tingatinga utilizes saturated colors and sometimes made with materials like Masonite and bicycle paint. As a self-taught artist, this style has been incorporated into many of Lute’s works. Professionally, Lute crafted his skill-set through formal trainings and international studies.
As a full-time artist, he exhibits regularly with residencies and workshops that coincide with many of his featured events. Additionally, he has been a key component of international distribution networks and gallery collections. He has also authored children’s books that have been used as a part of school course curriculum and literacy enrichment. With fine arts and textile design at his core, his works are a great accompaniment of acrylics, watercolors, oils and wood carvings.
In his own words: “I feel my creativity has no boundary. My subjects reflect my viewpoint of society and I communicate through my work an expression of reality that is abstract and interpretive.”