Lot 56 Romano Lutwama (Ugandan, birthdate unknown, died 2004) Untitled, undated (circa 1999), at Art Auction East Africa 2019

Romano Lutwama (Ugandan, birth date unknown, died 2004)
Untitled, undated (circa 1999)
Signed ‘R.N.LUT.’ (lower left)
Oil on canvas
75 x 64.9 cm

Ksh 220,000–270,000
(US$ 2,000–2,500)
Sold Ksh 234,800

Provenance: private collection

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 work, known for its exploration of colour relationships and tonal dynamic, has been exhibited throughout East Africa, and in France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.

This is an exciting smaller-scale painting that has been in the owner’s private collection since the painting was made.