Africa today is vibrating with creativity

Modern Africa is a vibrant, creative continent. In cities and remote areas alike, hundreds of artists are developing complex and rich worlds. This creativity is exhibited globally through international fairs, museums and galleries that have understood;  Africa is emerging as a new aesthetic treasure. The expansion of large urban centers and the emergence of a new affluent social class with new tastes and aspirations, have contributed to this growth.


The Art-Z Gallery did not wait for this trend to develop the potential of African artists. For twenty years, we have supported promising creators and helped them grow into their potential. On the occasion of our 20th anniversary, we will present new work of artists we have been following from the start as well as emerging artists proposing new directions which we invite you to follow with us.

artistic director/Founder

Olivier Sultan

Curator / Art Director of international contemporary art exhibitions, specialized in contemporary African art. He founded the Art-Z Gallery in 1999. He is also art critic, sculptor and photographer. 

Since September 2019, Christian Lajoumard, filmmaker and photographer, is associated with the Gallery program.


The Ivorian artist, Mounou Désiré Koffi (left) in front of of his piece, "La Révolte" (2018), with Olivier Sultan at the Art-Z gallery, in November 2019. Photo credit : Josette Sultan

Article in Le MONDE

FOR 20 years Galerie Art-z has showcased African contemporary art in France

In the Bastille neighborhood of Paris, Olivier Sultan, founder and director of the gallery, showcases artists of the continent. The exhibition “Les Afriques Autrement” is open until the 16th January… 

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"Copper hell", by Nyaba Ouédraogo, 2008, Agbogbloshie landfill, Accra, Ghana. Nyaba Ouédraogo

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African Artists Exhibited in Arles (finally)

The gallery owner, Olivier Sultan, shocked by the absence of African photographers in Arles 50th Anniversary Photography Festival (Les Rencontres photographiques d’Arles), decided to organize a parallel exhibit.

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