The annual 1-54 Art Fair showcasing contemporary art from Africa and its disapora continues to go from strength to strength and was already showing strong sales on the opening day. It started in London in 2013 and now also has annual editions in New York (since 2015) and Marrakech (since 2018).
Ethiopian artist Tadesse Mesfin’s attractive paintings of female market vendors are based on ancient Ethiopian sculptures and look almost three dimensional. Also on show at this Addis Ababa/London gallery are Ermias Kifleyesus paintings that combine his own paintings with pieces of paintings obtained in flea markets, creating a collage-like effect. His “Pancake No Injera” depicting a woman pouring milk was surely inspired by Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid.”