Johannes Katakarinja

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



Johannes Katakarinja is the son of Yvonne Williams and Ambrose Katakarinja. He was born at Hermannsburg. The name “Katakarinja” is the Aboriginal name for Mt Zeil which often appears in Johanne’s works. From just 13 years old Johannes learnt to paint in the watercolour style of 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’s career has involved various important commissions including painting the mural at the Hermannsburg Finke River Mission Store. Johannes began painting at Ngurratjuta in 2010.


2011 Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, VIC

2012 Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2012 Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, TAS

2012 Art Mob, Launceston, TAS

2012 Art Mob, 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