13 MONTHS OF SUNSHINE
taking place from the 21.5-15.6.2002 At EU-MAN gallery
Fore many years I have been so much obsessed by oil colors. However, gradually over the last 8 years my range of material has changed and nowadays I am most devoted to pastel. The reason is because of its uniqueness both as a drawing and painting medium.
Above all for me as a painter the single most powerful element in my creative work is color of all its potentials, it is the very lifeblood of my artistical expression.
In trying to achieve the richest technical quality I employed influence of the stained glass technique with it's elegant colorful arrangements - I believe it is fully apparent in my way of arranging color combinations. My creative work is influenced also by traditional values and my approach toward Ethiopian iconography has further supplied me with additional formal elements. I try to create a synthesis between these old elements and my own individual language to express my ideas.
To discover my true self I have become all the time more aware of my close spiritual ties to my native land. It is for me impossible to cut off memories of my native culture and for this reason in my creative work I try to reassess and express my admiration for its long history including:- the fabulous breath taking beauty of the nature , its unique mosaic culture, social life and festivities and the economical, ecological and moral conditions.
My work is always largely objective (figurative) because it is essential for me to show those elements of my child hood memories as accurately possible.
"I believe all art grows out of its parent culture, not as a miraculous vision. To create my identity I have retained an intimate relationship with my native land"
Born in Ethiopia
Fine art school 1978 -1982
1993 cafe andreas,
the Addis abeba municipality cultural center