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Born in 1950 in Kisoro district, western Uganda, Saana Gateja is a painter, mixed-media artist and jewelry 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.

A social commentator, Sanaa works with backcloth, paper, raffia, beads, wood, and banana fiber to construct large experimental abstract artworks that respond to the subject of nature and materiality which is central in his work. His work straddles the categories of installation, tapestry and sculpture, and definitively is arresting in its monumentality, array of color and subject matter. The artist is particularly drawn to aesthetic and value in his work: creating a balance between what is visually attractive and original.

Sanaa’s art fits appropriately within the global consciousness of contemporary times that highly regards the environment and its preservation. This is because of his work ethic that involves working with organic and synthetic material. The paper bead, which he’s mostly known for, and introduced in Uganda in 1990, not only responds to the subject of recycling but offers sustainable incomes to thousands of local women across the country.

With words of a wise man, he says: “Life is a journey with a purpose. The message I bring is visually African. The themes I present are universally human…”

Selected exhibitions
2021
50 Golborne at Collect 202150 Golborne
50 Golborne at 1-54 New York 202150 Golborne
2020
Playing to the GalleryAfriart Gallery
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Inner Garden II, 2019

Paper and acrylic stitched on bark cloth
77 1/5 × 37 2/5 in
196 × 95 cm
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London
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This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
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50 Golborne
London
Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included

Born in 1950 in Kisoro district, western Uganda, Saana Gateja is a painter, mixed-media artist and jewelry 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.

A social commentator, Sanaa works with backcloth, paper, raffia, beads, wood, and banana fiber to construct large experimental abstract artworks that respond to the subject of nature and materiality which is central in his work. His work straddles the categories of installation, tapestry and sculpture, and definitively is arresting in its monumentality, array of color and subject matter. The artist is particularly drawn to aesthetic and value in his work: creating a balance between what is visually attractive and original.

Sanaa’s art fits appropriately within the global consciousness of contemporary times that highly regards the environment and its preservation. This is because of his work ethic that involves working with organic and synthetic material. The paper bead, which he’s mostly known for, and introduced in Uganda in 1990, not only responds to the subject of recycling but offers sustainable incomes to thousands of local women across the country.

With words of a wise man, he says: “Life is a journey with a purpose. The message I bring is visually African. The themes I present are universally human…”

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