Robino Ntila (Tanzanian, born 1953)
Looking at the Horizon, 2018 & Horizon, 2018
Signed ‘R.Ntila’ (lower left on both)
Aquatint etchings on paper, 2/50 Edition & 2/50 Edition
40 x 25 cm & 25 x 40 cm
Sold as a pair
Sold Ksh 51,656
Provenance: direct from artist
Robino Ntila is a visual artist, curator and critic from Ndanda in Tanzania. In 1975, he joined Nyumba ya Sanaa in Dar es Salaam, an artist’s association founded in Tanzania by Sister Jean Pruitt from the USA. Ntila went on to act as chief coordinator with Nyumba Ya Sanaa for 30 years. During his time there, Ntila learned a range of techniques, which he has explored further his career.
Ntila’s prints, which range from the realistic to the abstract, often depict traditional life in East Africa. Since 1992, Ntila has worked as a professional artist and has conducted artistic workshops in Africa, along with curating local and international exhibitions of Tanzanian art. He has travelled widely for exhibitions, workshops and residencies.
Specializing in etching, Ntila taught several workshops including a 2002 etching workshop at the then Kuona Trust’s Museum Art Studios in Nairobi working with artists such as Peterson Kamwathi and Simon Muriithi. He travelled regularly to Austria to study printmaking accompanied by fellow Tanzanian artists Francis Imanjama, George Lilanga and his nephew, Hendrick Lilanga. He has exhibited his work in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Botswana, the USA, Austria, India, Germany, France, Finland, Russia and Switzerland. In 2014, Ntila was chosen to represent Tanzania at the Kauru African Contemporary Art Project in South Africa.