Pace African & Oceanic Art is a New York-based art gallery specializing in the sales of important antique, African art from central and west Africa, and Oceanic art from the islands of the Pacific. Established in 1971, the gallery maintains an inventory of museum-quality African art, such as masks, figures and other objects, which affirm the aesthetic imagination and mastery of the artists who made them. Affiliated with Pace Gallery, Pace African & Oceanic Art is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).
Carlo Bella, only the third Director in the gallery’s history, hails from Milan, Italy where his family of art dealers, artists and collectors fueled his love of art. In 1983 he graduated from NYU with a degree in political science and art history. A year later he joined Pace. In 1986, Carlo created the Old Master Print department at Pace Prints which he ran until 2002 when he became the Director of Pace African & Oceanic Art. Drawing on his knowledge and collecting of African art and Oceanic art for over 30 years, Carlo has led the gallery into the 21st century adapting to an ever-changing art market. Carlo continues to cultivate his knowledge and passion of art through his travels abroad.
Pace African & Oceanic Art is available for consultation in regards to African art sales and acquisitions, both private and at auction; African art appraisal; and conservation.