Founded by Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul, Addis Fine Art is a pioneering gallery from a location and specialism perspective. The very first local space and international platform based in Ethiopia, the gallery focuses on highlighting fine art from the Horn of Africa region and its diaspora. Since its inception in 2013, AFA has established itself as an exciting gallery, with 8 - 10 exhibitions yearly, providing a gateway for a previously opaque treasure trove of artistic talent, delighting art collectors both locally and globally.
In January 2016, Addis Fine Art opened its main gallery space in the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia launching an innovative programme of exhibitions, talks and events, showing a diverse set of modern and contemporary artists from Ethiopia and the diaspora. In October 2016, the AFA Project Space was opened in London, to provide an additional international platform to the gallery’s programme. As one of the first to be accepted to Cromwell Place in London, AFA will move to its permanent international home in September 2019.
Since the gallery’s first art fair participation at the Armory Show, New York in March 2016, AFA has been invited to over thirty international art fairs and now attends 8-10 fairs per year, including Art Dubai, Cape Town Art Fair and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London.
The quality of its represented artists and its unique position as the only Ethiopian gallery active in the international circuit, Addis Fine Art is quickly becoming one of leading galleries from Africa, facilitating critical engagement with the local and mainstream art markets, championing an underrepresented, yet rich space in modern and contemporary fine art.