Romano Lutwama (Ugandan, birth date unknown – 2004)
Untitled, (The Kiss), undated
Signed ‘R.LUTWAMA’ (lower left)
Oil on canvas
147.6 x 147.6 cm
Ksh 420,000 – 550,000
(US$) 3,800 – 5,000
Provenance: Private collection
Sold Ksh 516,560
Romano Lutwama’s formally experimental paintings are an important part of Ugandan avant-garde art. Lutwama painted closely alongside Fabian Mpagi and Eli Kyeyune. Known as the ‘Three Musketeers’, the group’s shared attitudes to painting were opposed by the fine arts academia of the time. However the three have now come to be recognised as some of Uganda’s master painters.
Lutwama’s paintings, known for their exploration of colour relationships, cubist construction and tonal dynamics, have been exhibited throughout East Africa, and in France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.
This style of painting, dating from the 80s and 90s has become increasingly popular and collectable in recent years.