From Lagos to Los Angeles, an African Art Gallery Arrives

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Adenrele Sonariwo photographed by Phylicia J. L. Munn for The New York Times.

In an effort to make sure her artists’ works reach an international audience, Nigerian art dealer Adenrele Sonariwo opened a new gallery in Los Angeles. In this feature for the New York Times, Robin Pogrebin discusses the opening of Sonarwio's Rele Gallery and her work to push Nigerian artists into the mainstream. The gallery is slowly but surely making a name for itself in Los Angeles, and Sonarwio is excited to introduce American audiences to more African artists.

“We’re doing the artists a disservice by just being in Lagos. It’s one thing to see the artwork on social media or online. But these artists have such amazing techniques that I felt it was really important to have people see them in person.” - Adenrele Sonariwo