Johannes Katakarinja was 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 Johannes’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.