Mzuguno started painting in 1967 and became known in 1969 at age
eighteen, by wining the third prize in the Esso Calendar Competition.
from the Kilimandjaro region, Pare district, and of Mpare Tribe,
he was born in 1951 in the village of Gonja Bombo (at the junction
with Mkomasi on the old Moshi road), where he also attended primary
school at the Luteran Mission.
1967 Mzuguno arrives in Dar-es-Salaam and, two years later goes
to live with his uncle in Msasani, nearby the Morogoro Stores.
While attending secondary school (with art subjects) and passing
by the Tingatinga painters, he used to make fun of them because
of their non-realistic style.
Mzuguno completed Form 4 in 1972, and started working as a mining
prospector from 1973 to 1979, but continued to paint and brought
his paintings to sell at hotels.
1979 Mzuguno decides to drop his realistic style and join the
Tingatinga Partnership opting for the tingatinga style (which
was much more successful at the time). Mruta
accepted him as member no. 42 at the Partnership.
Mzuguno stayed at the Tingatinga Centre until 1989. He was selling
more than the other painters partly because, due to his education,
he could speak english with the customers. When he left, he spent
the next couple of years painting for a japanese lady who was
a guest at the Dar-es-Salaam University.
then, Mzuguno has pursued his career, painting at his home in
Kahaba, 15 Km from the city center. In December 2003 he held a
solo-exhibition at the Alliance Francaise in Dar.
passed away June, 2010. He was one of the painters with the highest
level of education. His works demonstrated a great originality
in meticulously depicting beautiful scenes of rural life, with
a lush of intrincate vegetation.
"Tinga Tinga, the popular paintings fom Tanzania", Y.
Goscinny, "Art in Tanzania 2000", Y. Goscinny