Our Story

Iwalewa Gallery of Art, located in the vibrant heart of Nigeria’s art scene, stands as a beacon of cultural richness and artistic innovation. Established in 2017, the gallery has swiftly become a cornerstone of the art community, celebrated for its extensive collection of over 5,000 pieces that span the globe. Iwalewa Gallery is dedicated to the discovery, exhibition, and promotion of exceptional artwork from both venerable masters and burgeoning talents, offering a window into the diverse tapestry of global cultures through the universal language of art.

At Iwalewa Gallery, we believe in the power of art to ignite creativity, foster learning, and bridge disparate cultures. Our mission extends beyond the display of rare and exquisite pieces; we aim to create an interactive platform where art doesn’t just hang on the walls but speaks directly to the hearts and minds of our visitors. Through meticulously curated exhibitions, vibrant events, and educational initiatives, we strive to spark conversations, inspire new perspectives, and enrich the cultural fabric of our community.

The gallery’s name, ‘Iwalewa,’ a term that signifies beauty, character, and expressiveness, mirrors our commitment to not only presenting art but also celebrating the stories, traditions, and innovations that art embodies. With a steadfast dedication to both accessibility and excellence, Iwalewa Gallery has cultivated a loyal following, drawing art enthusiasts, collectors, and critics alike into its fold.

As we look to the future, Iwalewa Gallery is poised to continue its journey as a sanctuary of artistic exploration and a hub of cultural exchange. We are committed to deepening our engagement with the art world, expanding our reach through digital and physical platforms, and fostering an environment where every visit unveils new ideas and unexpected connections across time and cultures. Iwalewa Gallery is not just a space for viewing art; it is a vibrant community where creativity is celebrated, and diverse voices are amplified.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to cultivate an immersive and inclusive space where artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts converge to explore, appreciate, and contribute to the ever-evolving world of art. We strive to foster connections, spark conversations, and promote cultural understanding through curated exhibitions, educational initiatives, and innovative experiences.

Our Vision is to evolve into the premier global destination for art enthusiasts, positioning Africa at the forefront of the art world.

Founder Iwalewa Gallery of Art

Mr. Femi Williams

Mr. Femi Williams is an accomplished artist, dealer and visionary gallery owner. His artistic journey took an intriguing turn during his years as a student artist from where he delved into the path of art dealership. While studying painting at the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Femi’s profound passion for art led him to connect with his peers and fellow art students to acquire their artworks.

This distinctive experience did not only grant him valuable insights into the dynamics of art marketing but also enabled him to support and engage emerging artists. It was during this period that he honed his discerning eye for artistic talent and cultivated a keen understanding of artistic representation.

Femi completed his higher education at the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, graduating with distinction in Painting. This educational foundation not only enriched his artistic skills, but also deepened his appreciation for diverse artistic techniques and concepts. 

Driven by his passion for art business, Femi went on to establish the Iwalewa Gallery of Art in 2016, located in the highbrow area of Lekki in Lagos. This visionary initiative not only showcases Femi’s own creations, but also serves as a platform for fellow artists to exhibit their works. The gallery provides a space for artistic dialogue and cultural exchange, nurturing connections within the art community. 

Femi’s artistic journey, marked by his roles as an artist, dealer, and gallerist, underscores his commitment to personal artistic growth and the promotion of emerging talents. His unique path serves as an inspiring testament to the diverse avenues through which individuals can contribute to and shape the art community.