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20th Century & Contemporary African Arts

TAFETA is a London-based gallery specializing in 20th-century and contemporary African art.

Constituted as a gallery in 2013 and with a project space in Lagos, Nigeria, the gallery remains the leading purveyor of some of the most important 20th-century artists of African descent. TAFETA ‘s contemporary program actively seeks to discover and represent emerging, mid-career and established artists in Africa and the diaspora.

TAFETA has been featured in notable international publications such as the Financial Times, The New York Times, and the Art Newspaper and has worked to place contemporary African art in prominent public and private collections, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Arts, Washington D.C; the Hessel Museum of Art, New York; the Fitchburg Art Museum; the Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint, Michigan; and the House of European History, Brussels to name a few.

TAFETA has participated in international art fairs and biennials such as TEFAF showcase, The Armory Show New York, Art Dubai Contemporary, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and, most recently, the 2018 Liverpool Biennial.

With a background in financial services, founder, Ayo Adeyinka has, over time, gained recognition as a leading specialist in contemporary African arts. Adeyinka is a seasoned cultural entrepreneur and has acted as a consultant for key contemporary African art projects, and in April this 2018, was a featured discussion leader at The New York Times Art Leaders Network conference in Berlin, Germany.

Insights From The Exhibitor


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Nkechi Ebubedike | Body as Vessel
Tafeta, Bloomsbury, London
Jul 7–24, 2021
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Now, Now | Contemporary Art
Tafeta, Bloomsbury, London
Jun 4–25, 2021


  • Babajide Olatunji
  • Niyi Olagunju
  • Nkechi Ebubedike
  • George Osodi
  • Ben Enwonwu MBE
  • Yinka Shonibare CBE
  • Victor Ekpuk
  • Marielle Plaisir
  • Hellal Zoubir