OpenArtExchange at DAF Cologne 2023

From 20-23 April we will be at Discovery Art Fair Cologne in the XPOST building in Cologne/Germany again. DAF Cologne (formerly known as KÖLNER LISTE) is an event designed to inspire and engage, inciting the discovery of new names and artworks. Addressing both new and experienced collectors, the fair showcases a wide spectrum of emerging contemporary art at affordable prices. More than one hundred local and international galleries will be present at this year’s DAF Cologne.

You are most welcome to join OpenArtExchange at booth GC15. We have a limited number of free tickets available, which can be requested per email to and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Participating artists

This time we will bring to Cologne a varied selection of recent African contemporary art and some European art in different sizes and prices to cater for a broad range of interests and budgets.

On the abstract side we have colorful pointilistic oils and acrylics with rich textures from Kingsley Ogwara (Luxembourg/Nigeria) and more graphical, outspoken architectural paintings with 3D sacred forest collages and wall sculptures of painted synthetic hairbraids with only a touch of colour from Sanda Amadou (Benin). The smaller sized semi-abstract watercolors and inks on canvas and paper by Antoine Janot with mostly some figurative elements are also rather sober and organic, with a more intimate, poetic quality.

On the figurative side, we bring more abundant colourful portraits: surrealistic paintings with a touch of Picasso and Miro from Casca (Portugal/Angola), portraits built up from black and white miniatuur foto collage within colorful painted settings from Jonathan Vatunga (France/DR Congo), large acrylic urban portraits in a mix of expressionism and (sur)realism from Gabriel Jideonwor (Nigeria) and tonal miniatuur mixed media portraits with nails and recycled cans on painted plywood from new talent Syl Loko (Benin).

For more information on these artists, click on their names to go to their artist pages. You can also check out our viewing room on Artsy.