Hendrick’s grandfather Georges was known as the Picasso of Africa…
A major step in George Lilanga’s career occurred in 1978. A group exhibition
organized in Washington D.C. featured 100 of his pieces. The Washington Post
compared Lilanga’s work to Jean Dubuffet’s Art Brut. From then on George Lilanga enjoyed international exposure and a continuous and impressive number of exhibitions in Europe, Japan and the United States.
After having won audiences, the Tanzanian artist has become a representative of the vividness of Swahili paintings. He is currently considered as one of
Contemporary African Art’s major representatives.
All of this never took him away from his country. It allowed him to contribute to the maintaining of his tribe and at the same time bring outside attention to his culture.
Lilanga presents the culture and mythology of his people through canvases
swarming with figures, vibrant colors and a rhythmic movement representing
Mapico dance, typical of his people.