Lot 36 Elias Jengo at Art Auction East Africa 2018

Elias Jengo (Tanzanian, born 1936)
Tsunami, 2005
Signed ‘EJengo ‘05’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas
81 x 96.5 cm

Ksh 75,000-100,000
(US$ 770-1,100)
Sold Ksh 187,840

Provenance: private collection

Painter and scholar Professor Elias Jengo is one of Tanzania’s most influential artists from the post-Independence era. He trained as an art educator at Makerere University, Kampala and Kent State University in Ohio before completing his post-graduate studies at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University), in Montreal. Jengo taught in the department of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Dar es Salaam for many years where he shaped a generation of young artists.

Since the 1960s Jengo’s paintings have regularly featured in exhibitions internationally. His works and commissions can be seen in public institutions and spaces across Tanzania. From 2004-2005 Jengo was a Fulbright scholar-in-residence at Kent State University at Stark, Ohio.

This work was acquired by the current owner directly from the artist in 2006.