Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

  • Bela Sara; School of Fish
  • Bela Sara; School of Fish
  • Bela Sara; School of Fish

Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
VAT is charged on both hammer & premium for daggered lots

About this Item

Congolese 1920-1968
School of Fish


oil on card
59 by 38,5cm excluding frame; 43,5 by 63,5 by 2cm including frame


Born circa 1920, Bela Sara became one of the most recognised members of the modernist movement in Central Africa, the Lubumbashi painting atelier, which was established by artist-patron Pierre Romain-Defossés in the 1940s. The atelier was known as 'Le Hangar', the 'Élisabethville Indigenous Art Studio', and later the Académie des Beaux Arts. Sara was an orderly for Romain-Defossés and was discovered painting with his fingers. Romain-Defossés mentored Sara to develop this technique, whilst encouraging him to find inspiration for his subject matter in nature and the surrounding flora and fauna. Most of Sara’s vibrant oil paintings, created only by finger painting and without any outline, depict aquatic life, wildlife, and hunting scenes. Sara’s paintings can be found worldwide in private collections.


Pavillon 54, Global Digital Platform, 2023.

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