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George Lilanga (Tanzanian, 1934–2005)
LOT ID: 82528
Footballer, 2001

Wood, Mixed Media, painted wood
26 х 9.85 х 7.86 in. (66.04 x 25.02 x 19.96 cm.)
Lot description
"Footballer" (2001) is a sculpture in the round by Contemporary African artist George Lilanga. The influence of Lilanga’s traditional training on the style and technique of his sculptures is quite evident, but he carves his figures dressed in modern fashions and using conveniences like radios and telephones - his sculptures, therefore, move beyond their traditional roots and become caricatures and critiques of contemporary African culture. Lilanga presents the culture and mythology of his people through canvases swarming with figures, vibrant colours and a rhythmic movement representing Mapico dance, typical of his people.

George Lilanga was born in 1934 in Kikwetu village southern Tanzania and passed away in June 2005. Like most Makonde youngsters, he learned to carve on soft cassava root; later he graduated to carving the hard black wood made famous by Makonde artists. A major step in George Lilanga's career occurred in 1978 when a group exhibition organized in Washington D.C. featured 280 pieces of art, 100 of which were Lilanga's. This exhibition had a major influence on the work of the new Pop Art generation, especially American Pop artist Keith Haring. George Lilanga enjoys international renown and a has held an impressive number of exhibitions in Europe, Japan and the United States. After having won praise from western audiences, the Tanzanian artist has become a representative of the vividness of Swahili paintings.
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