About Us


LUANGISA African Gallery was founded in 1996 by the Luangisa family from Bukoba, Tanzania.  Our Gallery is located in Mount Vernon, New York and is currently open by appointment only.  We carry authentic, Fair Trade, modern African art, artifacts, fashion, home decor, jewelry and textiles.  We work directly with artisans across the continent to share our rich African culture and heritage with the world. 

We proudly feature the beautiful Makonde Sculptures from Tanzania, which are traditionally carved out of a single block of premium Tanzanian ebony hardwood.  The sculptures are hand carved by renowned Makonde artists by only using a hammer and chisel; no modern power tools are used.  We also have a wide variety of handcrafted baskets, Namji dolls, beaded shields, Yoruba Chairs, Tikar bangles, Juju hats and other decorative items made by Bamileke, Fulani and Tikar artisans in Cameroon. Our extensive collection of fine beaded Jewelry and accessories, inspired by the Maasai tribe, is made in our workshop in Tanzania.

 We are always developing new products; we work directly with African Artisans to bring the finest African accents to you. The sale of every product on this site directly benefits the artisans who created it, which in turn helps many artisans especially women in Africa in providing the essentials for their families and communities. Thank you for making a difference in their lives!

Because each item is handcrafted, there may be slight variances in size, shape, color, and finish. No two products are alike. This is a particular benefit that we are very proud to offer our clients.  All of our products are shipped from New York, and we can arrange personal delivery to collectors in the Greater New York Region.

Luangisa African Gallery social mission is:

  • Support economic empowerment for artisans and makers, especially women
  • Empower, connect and preserve African culture, heritage and traditions

At the very core of what we do, more than anything we can think of - if we make both artisans and customers happy, we’ve succeeded!

Thank you for adding a piece of Africa to your home and we hope you will find these products a wonderful addition to your home and collection.

All the very best to you!

Rose Luangisa