Established in 1996

Gallery Arte Dakar was created in 1996 by Joëlle le Bussy with location in Dakar Sénégal. The gallery’s space is based in the heart of Dakar, Mermoz area. There is also a succursal in Saint-Louis of Senegal.

Arte Gallery is the art gallery. It is specialises in contemporary African art & Design. It is the oldest gallery in Senegal specializing in contemporary African art.

Arte Gallery has established itself as one of the leading galleries on the African continent, it has been pivotal in shaping contemporary Senegalese art working with leading artists and emergent artists from the African continent.

The gallery continuously shows solo and group shows, I shows also some photographie exhibitions in Saint-Louis, with partnership with MUPHO (Musée de la photo) in its showroom Arte Concept.

The gallery organizes also Shows in Saly, at Centre L S Senghor (in front of Lamantin beach Hotel);

We present and sell piece of art online. We can ship them to you anywhere in the world.

to visit our past exhibitions go on the web site : http://www.joellelebussy.com


Objects and furniture are created by Joëlle le Bussy. She is a renowned designer of African-inspired home decor. She mixes African and European styles, a reflection of her personality as she is herself of African and European descent.

Hence, by mixing African-European designs and the know-how of Senegalese cabinetmakers from Casamance, Joëlle is able to create contemporean design.

She uses different African precious wood species to create a patchwork or motifs on the furniture. The furniture and objects are created as unique pieces or in a limited series. There are no large industrial scale manufacturing of furniture and objects in Senegal and each piece is done by hand. production will be done one by one and each piece will have its own personality.

There are 2 different styles of furniture :

Contemporean mixed with traditionnal. Recycling old ethnic doors (Baoulé, Dogon, Bamoun) to create cabinets.

Contemporean with African precious woods.

The woods

The types of wood used are noble species coming from legally recognized plantations and all have legal certificates. They are coming from the whole African continent: Gabon, Cameroun, Senegal (Casamance), Ghana, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire. The species of wood used are “linké”, “dimb”, “vène”, “fraké”, “movingué”, “padouk”, “bête”, “dibétou”, “teck”, “sipo”, “sapléli”, “wengué”, “mbossé”, “framiré”, etc… Some species of wood are very rare such as “ébène” or ”ronier” do not come from plantations, but are rather reclaimed wood, organic, that already fell to become firewood. These wood species are used for handicraft rather than burned, with an authorization of the Waters and Forestry Services, after a communal decree.

All the woods are fumagated and treated against xylophages.

We present and sell piece of design online. We can ship them to you anywhere in the world.