"African art is functional, it serves a purpose. It's not dormant. It's not a means to collect the largest cheering section. It should be healing, a source of joy." - Mos Def
1. meaning gratitude in Amharic
Misgana African Art connects collectors, curators, and institutions, to works from across Africa and of the African diaspora. Clients will be guided through a process of deepening their understanding of African art, its history, diversity, and intention.
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My name is Seble Asfaw and I am the founder of Misgana African Art. I am an avid African Art liaison, advisor, and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. My passion started with traditional African masks, figures, and textiles. I appreciated the beauty and aesthetic of these pieces but found a deeper connection with them when discovering the intended purpose and use of the artifacts. Over time my fascination brought me to learn more about design inspired by indigenous cultures and traditions. This is where I started to bridge the world of spiritual craftsmanship and contemporary design.
African art helped me discover deeper truths about the power of my lineage as a black African woman, inspiring me to start Misgana African Art. My intention is to educate collectors on the diversity and significance of African traditional art, history and design.