Johannes Katakarinja

Language: Western Arrarnta
Date of birth: 1956-10-29



Johannes Katakarinja passed away in May 2013. He was the son of Yvonne Williams and Ambrose Katakarinja. He was born in Ntaria (Hermannsburg community). The name “Katakarinja” is the Aboriginal name for Mt Zeil which often appears in Johannes’ works. From just 13 years old Johannes learnt to paint in the watercolour style by his grandfathers and uncles. His mentor was his grandfather Walter Ebatarinja. As a teenager Johannes would skip school to head out to Palm Valley with his grandfather to paint. Johannes’ career has involved various important commissions including painting the mural at the Hermannsburg Finke River Mission Store. Johannes began painting at Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra, Many Hands art centre in 2010.

Group exhibitions

  • 2019
    Tjina Nurna-ka, Pmarra Nurn-kanha, Itla Itla Nurn-kanha (Our family, our country, our legacy), Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA
  • 2012
    Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2012
    Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, TAS
  • 2012
    Art Mob, Launceston, TAS
  • 2012
    Hobart, TAS
  • 2012
    Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, VIC
  • 2012
    Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
  • 2012
    Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2012
    Percy Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, QLD
  • 2012
    Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2011
    Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, VIC


  • 2017 Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD