Profile: Spotlight on Tanzanian artist Florian Ludovick Kaija
In 1990, while in secondary school, Kaija would be awarded top prize for the piece he had drawn by Lions Club Kagera, Tanzania. This would turn out to be an epiphany for the Young Kaija who later decided to venture wholly into arts and five years after High school he would hold his first exhibition at the Goethe Institut in Dar es Salaam. From here Kaija’s ambition made him unstoppable conducting some of his successful exhibitions at the Alliance Francaise and another at the Russian Cultural Centre both in his country.
In 2013, Kaija would go for a two month art residence in Malta where after the residence; he would showcase his art before embarking on several other international exhibitions in the USA, Germany, Italy, Kenya & Uganda.
Besides the residence in Malta, Kaija has attended a series of workshop to build his body of works and learn from other accomplished artists; he has attended workshops at the Wasanii Art Gallery at the Slipway Dar es Salaam, and the East Africa Art Biennale workshops in Uganda and Dar es Salaam. Kaija was also among the artists who joined Vijana Vipaji workshops in his country.
As an artist, Kaija has enjoyed quite a number of success receiving commissions from churches all over the country and further into Malawi. He has painted life-size Murals at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Dar es Salaam and St. Joseph the worker Cathedral Diocese of Karonga Malawi among other religious themed paintings. He is what you would describe as the Michelangelo of Tanzania. Besides the church, the Aga Khan Foundation and The parliament of Tanzania have enjoyed his massive talent.
He currently has a studio at Vijana Vipaji Studios in Chang’ombe TCC Club, Dar es Salaam Tanzania.