Tribal & Ethnographic Artworks Est. 1998
Sowing seeds of African Spirits by promoting African Art.
African Arte is the largest Gallery of African Artworks in Portugal. Operating for almost 25 years, we serve collectors, decorators, individuals, and corporate clients that are seeking to expand their knowledge and/or collections. We are a gallery that exclusively offers one of the most diverse collections of fine antique and tribal art. The gallery holds more than 5000 pieces from diverse African ethnicity and culture.
The works of art on exhibit are as genuine and as diverse as the countries from which it originates. These artworks value with the passing years being an investment for buyers. If you’re a tribal art lover visiting Portugal, you won’t want to miss the experience of exploring African Arte, a gallery that showcases the variety and skills present in art — so be sure to visit us during your time in Porto!
We invite you to visit African Arte Galleria, where we assist you in building your own museum quality collection, one work at a time. With more than 20 years of experience specializing in ethnographic and tribal art, our art connoisseur, Seydou Mamadou Keita, dedicated a lifetime in researching each of the African art masterpieces in the gallery, ensuring art enthusiasts and collectors the most profound experience during their visit.
The gallery will introduce shortly educational activities and events focusing on African art and culture. Get a museum-quality experience at our renowned African Gallery in Porto, Portugal. Walk in and browse our collections or visit during one of our uniquely themed exhibitions to showcase our classical and contemporary artwork to the public.
We offer a private visit to groups, students, and a VIP entrance if needed, check out our services page for more information.
African art represents a cultural value or belief…
African art and culture are one and the same. Culture is the history, practices, and beliefs that make up a society. In Africa, art was seldom used for decorative purposes, but rather to give life to the values, emotions and daily customs of the various ethnic groups throughout the continent. Paintings, masks, textiles, sculpture, pottery, and metalwork flourished throughout African art history, making the continent one of the most sought-after destinations among the connoisseurs of art and culture.
African art and culture, in many instances, deals with making sense out of the world. It also deals with the religious aspects of life. The different materials used to make various pieces of African art were determined by location. However, religion was the common thread that made African art and culture the perfect team. Masks, sculptures, headdresses, carvings, cooking bowls and many other items were created with the purpose of providing insight into the unpredictable unseen world and to pass on their beliefs and customs from one generation to another.
Most of the surviving authentic ancestral masterpieces are crafted between 14th and 17th century. A sculpture may be of an ancestor or a particular mask may be used only during a special ritual or ceremony that is important to the tribe. A large part of African culture involved rituals and ceremonies. However, with education, development, and influences from other cultures, some civilizations have lost some of their tribal beliefs, causing such ceremonies to be on the verge of extinction in Africa. Among the most ingenious and technically advanced innovation in African artwork include the bronze work of the Igbo-Ukwu. The most significant and among the earliest occurrence of realism is noted in the works of the Yoruba people of Ilé-Ifè.
Antique African Art is unique and fascinating. Each piece tells a story which brings art to life. It’s no wonder that all around the world, collecting original African art has become so popular.