This project was originally designed in response to the invitation of ART14 London - currently taking place at the Olympia Grand Hall - to include Ethiopian contemporary artists regularly showing at LeLa gallery, to the EMERGE section of the art fair. Unfortunately, unable to fund the project we had to cancel our participation. But even if the show isn't travelling to The City, we decided to present it here, in our own very space. For your delight.
Born in Addis Ababa in 1974, Tewodros Hagos graduated from the School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University in 1995. In 1998, Tewodros left to Belgium, where he stayed for over ten years living and working in Antwerp. Since his return to Addis Ababa, Tewodros has managed to carve out a distinct style and is now regarded as one of the most promising Ethiopian painters of his generation.
Born in 1975, Michael Tsegaye lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He received his diploma in painting from Addis Ababa University’s School of Fine Arts and Design in 2002, but soon gave up painting after he developed an allergy to oil paint. He subsequently found his real passion in photography and has made of it not only a profession, but a way of expressing a very particular voice.
Born in 1977 Tamrat graduated from the Addis Ababa university school of fine arts and design. He is one of the founding members of the Netsa Art Village. Scrutinizing everyday life while creating his delirious mythology, Tamrat creates moments of forceful irony by constantly reinventing the language of Ethiopian contemporary fine art, introducing a straightforward style that deliberately rejects sophisticated artistic techniques preferring the bold directness of bright colours, or minimalist ink pen and the meticulous repetition of motifs. A new wide world is under construction under the genuine intervention of this artist with exceptional skills.