Nairobi, Kenya - 2016 Image © Kofi Osei
Nairobi, Kenya - 2016 Image © Kofi Osei

Jak Katarikawe

Jak Moses Katarikawe (Ugandan, b.1940 – d.2018) is one of Africa’s best known artists. With his first exhibition at Nommo Gallery, Kampala (1966), Katarikawe’s work can be found in a number of prestigious private collections. His work can also be found in the The Africa Collection | Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt) and as part of the Modern and Contemporary Art Collection at Iwalewahaus (Bayreuth). Katarikawe’s work has also been part of a number of auctions including Bonhams, Maynards, Roseberys, Artcurial and the Circle Art Auction.

“He is best known for his narrative and colourful imagery. His paintings invoke stories of everyday life in Africa and carry the influence of his upbringing in rural south-western Uganda: wonderful stories of amorous elephants, dancing cows, jealous lovers and working women. The real mingles with the unreal, reality and dreams become indistinguishable. Although the colours may seem to be those of a carefree artist, the vivid imagery is deceptive, for Katarikawe also addresses moral concerns and the harsh conditions around him.”

More about Katarikawe’s exhibition history.


Rich Family
Oil paint on Board
104cm by 78cm

Signed. 1991

1,050,000 KES


My home village
Oil paint on Board
105cm by 78cm

Signed. 1997/98

812,500 KES


All is never lost (Rescue mission)
Oil paint on Board
62cm by 43cm

Signed. 2006

625,000 KES