Expressing a new African narrative

Spotlight on SMO Contemporary Art

SMO Contemporary Art (SMO) is an international art platform showcasing a unique portfolio of modern and contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora to a global audience.

SMO Gallery founder and owner Sandra Obiago is close to my heart. With equally deep knowledge of and passion for contemporary African art, Sandra has, more than anyone, guided me on my personal art collection journey.

Thanks to Sandra, the walls of my home are graced with the stunning works of some of Africa’s most accomplished and exciting artists. Artists like Bruce Onabrakpeya, whom I had the privilege of meeting at an SMO exhibition in Lagos.

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, SMO curates exhibitions, as well as public and private art events of leading and emerging talents for a diverse audience. SMO is dedicated to artists of all generations who have been instrumental in shaping West Africa’s contemporary art canon and who became crucial in establishing a unique narrative of the continent.


By Barbara Barungi, Managing Partner, Imara Africa Consulting


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