Power, 2018


Unique Artwork

Mixed material

Paper beads on dark cloth


CM H 236 W 154

IN H 92.91 W 60.63

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Power, 2018

Sanaa Gateja works with barkcloth, paper, raffia, wood and banana fiber, using his materials to construct large experimental abstract pieces of social and environmental commentary that straddle installation, tapestry and sculpture and strike a balance between aesthetic and conceptual value.

Sanaa Gateja

Sanaa Gateja is a mixed-media artist and jewellery designer who is widely known for his signature incorporation of recycled man-made waste materials in his practice, particularly his pioneering fashioning of beads from discarded paper, which earned him the nickname ‘The Bead King’ in Uganda. He also works with barkcloth, paper, raffia, wood and banana fiber, using his materials to construct large experimental abstract pieces of social and environmental commentary that straddle installation, tapestry and sculpture and strike a balance between aesthetic and conceptual value.

Gateja studied interior design in Italy and jewellery design at Goldsmiths in London. He has exhibited extensively across Africa as well as internationally, including at ARCOlisboa (2019); the Cape Town Art Fair (2017, 2018 & 2019); FNB Joburg Art Fair (2016, 2017 & 2018); Art Paris (2016); AKAA, Paris (2017);Themes & Variations, London (2016); and the Museum of Art and Design, New York (2010).

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Afriart Gallery

Afriart Gallery is a focal point of Kampala’s artistic community and provides a wonderful space to experience the exquisite art of Uganda. The gallery was founded in 2002 and has presented contemporary art for the past 15 years.

Afriart is a leading private art gallery in Uganda focusing on the promotion of contemporary art from Uganda and the East African region as well as forging collaborations among artists in Africa and beyond. It seek to enrich the knowledge of visitors about contemporary African art and provide the most varied selection for the enthusiastic art collector in the gallery’s permanent collection.

Apart from exhibitions Afriart has launched some exciting products and initiatives, such as a members art lounge on 7th, an art shop, art consultancies, interior design and professional framing services. Afriart Gallery focuses on exhibiting the best contemporary art in Uganda and have launched many artists’ careers, some of whom are now internationally acclaimed. Their works have been represented by Afriart in major international exhibitions, art auctions, art biennales, and art fairs.

The new space, Afriart on 7th, is offering more to the art community through a large gallery space, a members’ lounge, and a library. The gallery is able to offer this space as an opportunity for artists and curators to experiment, push the boundaries of their practice, and by so doing, contribute audaciously to Uganda’s cultural discourse.


Afriart Gallery Kira Rd
Block 56
Kenneth Dale Drive (off Kir...

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