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Devan Shimoyama, Diamond - Self Titled, 2020

"African Contemporary Art has been overlooked for far too long, I am proud to take part in its renaissance through active acquisitions, institutional lending, project development, and our unique Africa First residency program.

- Serge Tiroche, Founder
Africa First was founded by Serge Tiroche in 2017 as a platform to support and promote Contemporary Art from the continent. An active collector of African Contemporary art for over a decade, he decided to focus his private collecting and the residency program in Israel on emerging artists from Africa and its diaspora.

Africa First actively promotes the artists in its collection through a website, a widespread lending program, digital media presence, an artist residency program, newsletters, sponsorships, prizes and commissions, as well as various forms of collaboration and advisory work with a multitude of institutions in the art ecosystem. These activities are essential for the advancement of the artist’s profiles and ultimately long-term value creation.
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Kutlo Mabua, You & I, 2021


The contemporary African art market is in its nascent stages, similar to China in the late 80s and 90s. The continent is beginning to form a proper art infrastructure thanks to private sector initiatives which include museums, new galleries, art fairs, non-profit spaces and art foundations. Global demand for African contemporary art is growing dramatically. Within the continent this demand is being fueled by rising numbers of high net worth individuals and demand from African corporations. Internationally, more and more galleries, art fairs, collectors, museums and biennales are embracing African artists. Auction houses in major markets are experiencing growth in African art auctions and are seeing a gradual shift in the African contemporary art buyer base from mainly African art collectors to a more international and diverse group.


Africa First will have a strong social agenda. It will try to play a crucial role in promoting and disseminating African contemporary art. We will actively promote our collection and the individual artists, through a widespread lending program to galleries, exhibitions, museums and institutions around the world. The promotional activities will also include digital media presence, an artist residency program, a newsletter, and various forms of collaboration with other foundations and museums. These activities are essential for the advancement of the artists profiles and ultimately long-term value creation. 


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Danielle Gorodenzik

Collection Manager

Laura Myara

Office Manager