Ujamaa Family Tree by Joseph Singombe
The family tree is known as "Ujamaa", which is the 4th principle of Kwanzaa and means togetherness and family in Kiswahili. The "Ujamaa" art represents the extended African family living and working together to achieve a common goal which is nurturing and caring for the family. This Ujamaa art is among Joseph Singombe's fine art collection displayed at our gallery.
Joseph Singombe is a renowned Makonde Artist, born and raised in Tanzania. He is a master artist and his sculptures are distinguished and unique. Joseph has been carving since the age of 8. He learned the craft from his father. Joseph says, “art runs in my blood, because my father was also an artist”.
Wood Sculpture of the Makonde people of Tanzania is widely known and generally there is a high regard for the Makonde as skilled, creative and imaginative sculptors. Joseph’s art work is held in prestigious museums and galleries throughout the world.
Makonde sculptures are three-dimensional works of art carved from a medium of solid ebony wood. Today the modern sculpture has three distinct styles: Shetani (spirit/devil) Ujamaa (Family Tree) and Mawingu (clouds/abstract). Well known sculptors are associated with the origins of these styles and Joseph’s father is one of them. Joseph is well known in all the three distinct styles mentioned above.
Dimensions: 10” x 12” x 18” *Base 14"
Medium: Ebony Wood