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Addis Fine Art: Bringing African Art to the World

Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul co-founded Addis Fine Art in 2016, creating the first white-cube gallery space for modern and contemporary art in Ethiopia.

Described as one of the "Most Important Young Galleries in the World", the gallery has since then grown to become one of the leading galleries in Africa, establishing a prominent international platform for artists from the Horn of Africa.


In October 2021, the gallery expanded to London as part of their commitment to heightened international exposure for, and critical reappraisal of, African art on the world stage.


The gallery’s Addis Ababa space continues to be an incubator for emerging talent, facilitating critical engagement within the local market and encouraging the growth and development of the artworld ecosystem on the continent. The gallery will also serve as a space for artists from the diaspora to return to the continent and share and develop their practice.

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