Founded in 2016 by Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul, Addis Fine Art is a pioneering gallery based in Addis Ababa and London. Described as one of the “Most Important Young Galleries in the World” (Artsy 2019) and the “Ethiopian Gallery Enriching a Global Art Conversation” (New York Times 2019), it is the very first white cube space and international platform based in Ethiopia. The gallery focuses on highlighting modern and contemporary fine art from the Horn of Africa region and its Diasporas.
January 2016 saw the opening of the gallery’s main space in the heart of Addis Ababa, showing a diverse set of artists. In October 2016, the AFA Project Space was opened in London, to expand the international programme centred around Diaspora voices. In Autumn of 2020, the London gallery moved to a permanent office space with a full programme in Cromwell Place, a first of its kind exhibition space in South Kensington, London.
In its short history, Addis Fine Art has become one of the leading galleries from Africa, facilitating critical engagement with the local and international art markets, championing an underrepresented yet rich space in modern and contemporary fine art.