Ismael Kateregga


Born in 1980 in Luweero, district, Central region of Uganda, Kateregga went to Kibuli Secondary school and later Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art, Makerere University where he majored in drawing, painting and advertising design. During high school, he met Ugandan multimedia artist Xenson who made an impression on him with his startling drawings. It was at this point that he made up his mind to pursue his art career. 

Kateregga’s artistic process involves working with acrylics, egg-tempera and oils to create distinctive haunting images on canvas. He mostly concentrates less on form but more on light with ghostlike images disappearing into thin light in the distance. His artwork is dominated with an empty space minimalistic style which still is part of the painting, without this space you would feel that the painting is incomplete. The artist paints scenes of waterscapes or streetscapes that are evocative of real-life stories told through delicate imagery. Here, the artist positions himself within his paintings; playing any particular role at a given time or place. He could be the fisherman rowing the boats at the lake or the street vendor at a busy market on the outskirt of the city. His undeniably charming paintings offer a rapturous appeal to everyday hard topics like survival in the city.


Kateregga has exhibited at Afriart Gallery Kampala, the Royal Commonwealth Society, London 2007, Tribal gallery, 2017 and a successful regular at Bonhams contemporary African auction in London.

Ismael Kateregga

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