WHY TRUST US
African Arte is the largest specialized art gallery in African art in Portugal. Besides being unique in its own right, it is characterized by a full dedication of its staff that is passionate about art and the African continent. A premiere and unique African Art Gallery that conquered the whole country, and has customers all over the world. With more than 20 years of dealership experience, we’ve established relationships with master collectors and families of some of the most deep-rooted culture in Africa. We maintain relationships with the original owners to ensure we have exclusive access to the most prominent pieces of work.
We strive to the revival, resurgence, propagation, and promotion of Black and African Art Culture, Cultural Values and Civilization; bring to light the diverse contributions of Black and African peoples to the universal currents of art.
African Arte also has delegations in Africa for export direct to customers throughout the world, providing art galleries and shops selling souvenirs, exhibitions, and antique shops.
AFRICAN ARTE GALLERY
Founded in 1998 by visionary connoisseur and art dealer Seydou Mamadou Keita (1962 – present), the gallery known today as African Arte has been standing for over half a century. Seydou Mamadou Keita has his origins from Niame, Mali and graduated in engineering, with a specialty in mining geology from the University of Bamako. He emigrated to Portugal in 1986 due to the political instability in Mali. Portugal was a safe heaven and offered new opportunities. He worked in construction for a period of time and then traveled to Spain, where he met some counterparts from Kenya and Senegal. He was introduced to the world of African art trading. He always had a deep interest in art since a very young age and that revived some childhood memories. He realized then and there that was his true calling, he wanted to turn this passion into a career.
The owner spent 7 years in Spain trading and studying African Art in all its forms, the different tribes, its culture, and history. He traveled to Africa on multiple occasions and built a groundwork in the global connections of African art. He attended many expositions and international fairs while in Spain, and traveled to other European countries. Throughout his experience, he noticed a growing interest from his customers for antique African Art, pieces that are ancient, rare and unique and that have a history; From that moment on, he started curating authentic and symbolic artworks from the different tribes to build his exclusive collection. During his trading in multiple countries, he realized he was selling much more art in Portugal in the fairs and exhibitions to foreigners, and therefore decided to move back to Portugal and opened his first gallery in 1998. As it was something new, different for the local community, it attracted many people, local art buyers, and collectors. Over the years they built a strong clientele, mostly collectors, researchers, and interior decorators.
After working in art fairs and expos all over the continent, I had no doubt that the Gallery was the next project. I had already encountered a high number of people who love Tribal Art, important personalities and large collectors.
When they talk about their treasure, we feel the love, the devotion and passion. It touched me profoundly, deep to the core. My respect for the collectors and the former owners of these antique and cultural works of art became my own passion and commitment — I was on a mission to guarantee and authenticate all pieces that was coming out of the gallery, and maintain a permanent contact with their new owners.
I wanted to be the voice of African art and culture. With honor and pride, I strive to welcome any collector or artist that wishes to exhibit its collection and share it with the world. I will never be in favor of haggling or speculate on a piece of culture, because I believe that its true value reside in the revelation of its own cultural heritage. I also think that no piece of culture should be condemned to remain in its place of origin. In our days, exchanges of culture and knowledge outside our borders may well create peace, love and harmony among us all.