John Kilaka

John Kilaka


I was born on 4 th November 1966 in Sumbawanga, the southwest of Tanzania. In 1977 I started primary school, I was 10 and I was very interested to be artist. I was spending time doing sketches in sand. Once I started the school, I felt lucky to be there because there I found papers, pencils and colour chalks. Nine years old, I had begun to draw on paper. Later I started to make drawings on black board. But how much then I disturbed my teacher!!!!


1983: I finished Primary school. I spent time in my village helping my parents farming, fishing and hunting.

1987: My brother advised me to move from my village to Dar es Salaam city so that I could be able to improve in art.

1990: I joined and learned Tingatinga art style from Peter Martin at Village museum in Dar es Salaam.

1996: I started to be illustrator of children’s books.

1997: I started to write stories and to illustrate them. Frische Fische (Eng. Fresh Fish) was my first book, which was published in Switzerland

2000: I published my first book in Switzerland in German language.


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