Saidi Ray is a Tanzanian artist that shows his love for his country and his tradition very evidently in his art. He uses mediums like acrylics, watercolours, oils and ink to bring Tanzania, and Swahili women in particular, to life.

I have to also note that Saidi Ray is a perfect example of how your teachers in your early life can influence and encourage you to choose a path that best showcases your individual talent. Ray still speaks fondly of his first art teacher who taught him in High School, Mr. Ausy.

Ray prides himself in being an independent artist, and usually showcases his work in independent galleries, in both Tanzania and abroad. Check out just a sneak peak of his work below.

My paintings identify African Culture and Swahili tradition. I like to portray my people; I explain my peoples’ daily activities. I am inspired by African women, especially Swahili women when wearing a khanga; showing lots of beautiful colors.”


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