The Fine Art of Success: The story of Ismael Kateregga

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Rica Rwigamba, Head of Tourism and Conservation at RDB said the country’s tourism growth is attributed to hard work put in extension of its offering in the wake of rising demand for Rwanda’s tourism products to meet the ever increasing number of visitors to Rwanda.

“The Huge growth of investors helped increase the growth of the tourism industry which resulted in putting Rwanda in the top end of tourist destinations in the region,” says Rwigamba.

“As a result, international flight route have extended to Kigali with airway companies such as KLM, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Sa Airlines.”


In 2012, Rwanda hosted 1,075,829 visitors compared to 908,001 in 2011, which represents an increase of 22 percent. This huge bump is due to extra opening hours of some of the land borders since October 2011.

In terms of investments, tourism registered $323.8 m in 2012, an increase of 175 percent from $117.3 m in 2011. This overwhelming result is attributed to big projects that were registered.

“Internationally respected brands Marriot, Hilton, and Radisson Blue are expected to increase the number of 6, 500 rooms that are available today to answer the demand from the rising number of tourists and business travelers as Rwanda positions itself as a conference hub,” observes Rwigamba.

In the same spirit, existing hotels and tourism establishments have embarked on a mission to improve their services through the strengthened professional associations in the tourism chamber.

Also notable achievements are noted in conservation and community development which is at the core of the sustainable tourism agenda, the results reflected in contribution towards communities’ welfare under the revenue sharing framework.

“RDB committed additional five per cent of its revenues generated in parks to the compensation fund that is currently managed by the Special Guarantee fund. The Revenue sharing scheme has been invested in community schools, health centres, and handicraft cooperatives,” confirmed Rwigamba on Monday.

Despite the fact that the number of Rwandan tourists visiting sites like canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park has increased, domestic tourism still needs to grow in the country and that is why RDB is putting an effort to interest local tourists.

Tourism remains one of the fastest growing and most dynamic sectors in Rwandan economy.

It has contributed to the foreign exchange receipts in the country and increased Rwanda’s international visibility as an emerging economy.

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It is a large part of our everyday lives because everything around us is designed by someone making it Art.

Our Chimp Corp had a one on one with a 31 year old impressionist artist Mr. Ismael Kateregga who is one of the few impressionists in this country.

Apainting of fishermen ready to go fishing on the lake

Impressionism is a theory or style of painting originating and developed in France during the 1870s, characterized by concentration on the immediate visual impression produced by a scene and by the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light.

Kateregga is the one person whose passion for art makes him live, breath and eat it. With him admiring Samson Ssenkaaba aka Xenson’s work while still in high school at Kibuli Secondary School, Kateregga has grown to be the most talented impressionist in Uganda and East Africa. Xenson is a designer/artist.

Below is what Kateregga shared with us on how his life in the Art industry

Chimp: Tell us about yourself.

Kateregga: I am by the name of Ismael Kateregga with a family of one wife and two kids. Kateregga was a name for one of the kings of Buganda who conquered almost all the kingdoms surrounding Buganda including Bunyoro.

I went to Kibuli Secondary School from 1995 to 2000, then joined Makerere University where I pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Fine Arts until I graduated in 2005.

I started painting after campus because I was limited to just coursework and I could not explore. The style of painting at Campus is always influenced by a set of rules and also the tutors. However after graduating, I become an independent practicing artist and was free to explore my imagination.

Kateregga pictured painting

Chimp: What motivated you to do this career?

Kateregga: When I joined secondary school, I always admired other people’s art work although I was very poor at it especially in my senior one and two. I admired Samson Ssenkaaba aka Xenson’s work, who was three classes ahead of me. He was my inspiration. However, from senior three to senior six, I was always the best in Art class that I was even given Industrial and Fine Art course at government sponsorship at Makerere University.

Chimp: How would you describe the kind of Art work you do?

Kateregga: My Art looks at life in a more realistic lifestyle and this is called impressionism which was invented in the 18th century. In this style, images look blurred and one needs a distance to see exactly what is in a picture. I would describe it as an impression of an activity.

Although at the university I majored in portraiture, I now do impressionist work.

This also portrays people in a market from an upper point of view

Chimp: Who are your partners if any?

Kateregga: Art is a personal initiative, I don’t get help from anyone while painting my work because I always want something to come out the way I wish it to be. So I cannot delegate someone to do it the way I want.

Chimp: What is your target audience?

Kateregga: I would not term my work as real business to a have a real target audience although I happen to be getting returns of money from it. All I do is to make sure my art work is very good so that when one buys it and takes it to his/her home, everyone will be wishing to know where he/she bought it from. All in all my work advertises itself.

Though sometimes I paint posters and various galleries post them on their websites especially if they are advertising an upcoming exhibition and of course also in exhibitions I display my art pieces.

My work is meant for everyone, I don’t have a specific audience. People get to buy my paintings when a certain art piece evokes certain feelings in them thus creating a connection, one will be motivated to buy it.

Chimp: Have you ever made and sold a drawing of a prominent person in Uganda or even outside Uganda?

Kateregga: Yes, around 2007, I made a drawing of the then Head of European delegation in Uganda, Mr. Sigurd Illing as he was signing out I was called upon to make a portrait of him which I did.

I sometimes do live painting although I face challenges of being distracted by noise, rain, people among other things.

This painting portrays the Kasubi tombs on fire as people stood near by watching

Chimp: How much do you sell your paintings?

Kateregga: I can’t say I have a specific price for my paintings because it’s like pricing your feelings. This is not like dealing in commodities where you set prices according to the costs incurred or taxes. With Art it is different, in most cases they are priced according to how much the artist feels or the spiritual input he has to the painting.

However the big paintings of size 3 by 4 feet cannot go below Shs 1.5m, middle sized ones of 20 by 26 inches are not less than shs 700,000 and the small ones of 14 by 11 inches are not less than shs 400,000.

Chimp: How often do you get clients to buy your art pieces?

Kateregga: My clients are seasonal. I could get ten clients in just one month and then spend another three months without getting anyone. However, I have some art pieces in galleries like Afriart Gallery. I also get to exhibit my work every year in Nairobi at International School of Kenya, and also in Bonhams, an auctioning company which has roots in New York, Dubai, Hong Kong though it is based in London. Then In Uganda, if there are exhibitions and I am invited, I attend and display my work.

Chimp: If you are to choose another profession, which one would you love to do?

Kateregga: I love poetry although am not talented.

This painting potrays the Railway line passing inbetween a market

Chimp: What advice would you give to someone out there who have a talent in art but does not have an opportunity to exploit his or her talent?

Kateregga: I don’t think one can fail to exploit his or her talent unless it is because of lack of resources. Lack of resources is a national problem. That’s why people give up their talent and follow other paths. The government does not encourage the art industry; it is rarely included in the country’s policies and budget.

The way art is perceived in this society is also the reason why people let go of their passion in art.

With the art industry, one has to be patient. One might take a long time without earning any money from it and if you are not patient, you will definitely give up. For example, I took a year to sell my first painting. In my class of 2005, we were over 100 people who finished together but only three of us are still in this business.

In this industry people buy your art piece because of your name and to make a name takes time. My first sale in 2006 was only Shs 200,000 but I felt like it was worth shs 800,000. Just last week, some Americans came to buy my paintings because they had seen my work at their friend’s house and they liked it.

This portrays people walking along side a street in the market place

Chimp: Why did you choose to locate your studio in Bweyogerere far from town which is the Centre of business?

Kateregga: Working environment is different from selling environment. Here in Bweyogerere, I have comfort and privacy which is very important in this kind of work. I always want to do art work when I have a fresh mind, though the best place for me to work at is home. I used to work from home but it ended when I got a family and children.

Chimp: How have you benefited from this art industry?

Kateregga: Well, this is what I do for a living and I have managed to get everything I need and require in life. I take care of my family which is the most important thing in life.

Chimp: What are your future plans?

Kateregga: I am thinking of diversifying into other businesses and I do art for just myself. I would love to have “Museum of Kateregga” something that would benefit me and the country at large. This would be a tourist attraction thus revenue to the country, something of National identity.

In Europe, those national galleries attract tourists to a look at history. Some empires used to attack each other and steal Art thus taking away their history for example Napoleon. That’s why you see there are a lot of Art pieces in France which Napoleon had collected over his rule in Europe.

This shows Owino market on fire as people looked on

It makes me sad to see my work bought and taken outside the country, national values should stay in our country.

As our Chimp Corp (Anita Ashaba) concluded her interview with Kateregga

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