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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Playing to the Gallery

Playing to the Gallery

Sungi Mlengeya, Eria Sane Nsubuga, Abushariaa Ahmed, Sanaa Gateja, Collin Sekajugo, Khalid Abdel Rahman, Amna Elhassan, Stacey Gillian Abe, John Baptist Sekubulwa, Arim Andrew, Spire
Afriart Gallery on 7th
25 Jul 2020 - 19 Sep 2020

The exhibition is a group show consisting of works by several artists and explores forms of play in the art making proess and ...

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