Cecile Fakhoury left France to settle in Côte d'Ivoire for personal reasons. She worked at the time in Gallery, Maison de vente in Paris. When she arrived to Abidjan, she decided to create a structure because she could not find work in the field of contemporary arts. She created a commercial structure as she knew in Europe and she named it : Galerie Cécile Fakhoury. This kind of structure did not exist in Côte d'Ivoire and was a opportunity for her in the ivorian context of the end of socio-political crisis. Bearing in mind that Côte d'Ivoire had experienced a flourishing artistic scene and that we could build on this base to build something. Galerie Cecile Fakhoury opened in September 2012 with the aim of positioning itself in the international market.
After the opening in 2012, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury was able to participate in October 2013 in the 1: 54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London which allowed Cecile Fakhoury to connect to an international market with many meetings with foundations, museums, collections that have nevertheless participated in the visibility of the work of the Gallery.
Cecile Fakhoury has benefited from a good timing, but above all a good intuition since she has always looked at Côte d'Ivoire as a good platform. She kept in mind this vision based on the memories told by the Ivorians on the Ivorian arts and cultural scene. So she chose Côte d'Ivoire because the potential of Abidjan was strong.
Today the Galerie Cecile Fakhoury continues its development although it is not always easy. But Cecile Fakhoury appreciates the bubbling of the local art scene as a good way to challenge herself.