Founded in: 2017
+25 artworks in Aworanka
Founded by Olugbemiro Arinoso, Affinity Art Gallery is a Modern and Contemporary art gallery located in Lagos, Nigeria's busiest and most inspirational city.
Established in 2017 and opened in 2020, the gallery positions itself as a driver in the art scene of Africa. The gallery is dedicated to the promotion of African art through its diverse exhibition and education programs, presenting and representing young emerging artists and celebrating modern artists all over the continent of Africa who is telling the African narrative passionately through their works.
The gallery offers itself as an exhibition, installation, and performance space, promoting artistic exchange, cultural exchange, and gallery partnerships. Our mission is to make available artworks in diverse mediums that include but are not limited to paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and photography to art enthusiasts locally and internationally.
Affinity Art Gallery work expands beyond its white walls through a public art education program that focuses on government and private-owned primary and secondary schools across the country. The program will include off-site and on-site excursions educating pupils and students about Africa art while highlighting the story of the continent through its artists.
- 1. The Opening, group show, December 5th, 2020 – January 31st, 2021.
- 2. Opened to the public, December 5th, 2020.
About the founder
Olugbemiro Arinoso is a passionate collector and dealer of African art. As a holder of MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from a renowned business school in Europe, he recognized the grave implications and crippling impact of inadequate infrastructure, institutions, and representation of African Art, this was his motivation behind founding Affinity Art Gallery.
His experience at Sotheby’s Institute of Art widened his knowledge and understanding of the global Art industry. He believes it is the shared responsibility of Africans to develop, support and promote artists who are bustling with life and creativity on the continent and in the diaspora.
The gallery would function as a beacon to educate and preserve Africa’s rich and diverse culture in a bid to inspire the next generation of young Africans.