Bio, Shows & Press


Artist’s bio

  • 1976-80   followed the Fine Arts School of Addis Ababa, (et)
  • 1980-82   taught painting, Fine Arts School (now the School of Arts and Design, Addis Ababa University), (et)
  • 1982-89   Higher Institute of Fine Arts, (Nikolai Pavlovich Art Academy), Diploma equiv. to M.A., Sofia, (bg)
  • 1992-95   National Higher Institute for Fine Arts, post graduate degree, Diploma equiv. to M.A., Antwerp, (be)
  • 1992-95    lecturer, Fine Arts School, Addis Ababa, (et)
  • 1992-95    lectured at Alliance Française, Addis Ababa, (et)
  • 1995-96    prepared & participated in workshops, University of La Laguna, Tenerife, (es)
  • 1997-98    guest lecturer, at Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Antwerp, (be)
  •   1999       led workshop and gave lectures at the School of Fine Arts (now Addis Ababa University), (et)
  •   2001       lectured at the Hasselt Visual Arts Academy; gast-docent, painting, (be)
  •   2002       lectured on ‘African Photography, Masquerade: the Photo Salons of African Popular Photography’, at Maastricht Visual Arts Academy, ESHPh symposium, Maastricht, (nl)
  •   2002       lectured on, ‘African Photography, Masquerade: the Photo Saloons of African Popular Photography’ at the Goethe German Cultural Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, (et)
  •   2002      lectured on ‘African Modern/Contemporary Art’, at Alliance Française, Addis, (et)
  •   2004      lectured on African Photography, ‘Courteous Confines, African Contemporary Photography: the pull between ornament and figure’, at Moderna Museet, ESHPh Symposium, Stockholm, (se)
  •   2004     worked as exhibition organiser at Elzenveld Centre, Antwerp, (be)
  • 2009-10  worked at Levanto as receptionist, Antwerp, (be)
  •   2012   worked on artists collective, “Fast Rewind”, with Netsa Art Village public, Addis, (et)
  •   2012   Open air exhibition, (face 2 face, Addis Ababa BOZAR), Lela Gallery, Addis, (et)
  •   2012   PhD. (Cum-Laude), La Laguna University, La Laguna, Tenerife.  Thesis theme: “Headways in the Art of Mimesis: Inquiry into the Contemporary Visual Arts Repertoire of East Africa”, (es)
  • 96 – 2014 Visiting lecturer at the Ale School of Art and Design, Addis Ababa University, (et)
  •   2014   Residencias Artistica por Intercambio y proyecto TRUEQUE, R.A.T., Mexico City, (mx)
  •   2016   Video talk “Imagine Europe: In Search of New Narratives”, BOZAR, Brussels, (be)
  •   2016   Intro – Ethiopian Cinema, “Dfret”, MDD Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, (be)
  •   2017  Volunteer at children art edu:  2012-17 Kunst Fabriek/Das Kunst, Ghent, (be)
  •   2017  worked as public assistant at SMAK, Ghent, (be)

Individual shows

  • 1980    Alliance Ethio-Française, (with Yonas Kenea & Mezgebu Tessema), Addis Ababa, (et)
  • 1982    City Hall Gallery, the Municipality of Addis Ababa, (et)
  • 1989    Gallery Sredets’, Ministry of Culture, Sofia, (bg)
  • 1994    “Piquant Anecdotes”, Gallery Tragt, St. Niklaas, (be)
  • 1994    “Stolen Light” Beelden Gallery, Antwerpen. (Catalog), (be)
  • 1994     VUB Gallery, (Vrij Universiteit Brussels) Brussels (be)
  • 1996    “Open Hands”, St. Bernardus Cultural Center, Antwerpen, (be)
  • 1997     Alliance Française, Addis, (et)
  • 1999    Alliance Française, Addis, (et)
  • 2001   De Branderij, Antwerp, (et)
  • 2002   Art and Advice, Gallery, Hasselt (et)
  • 2003   ”Back Bencher”, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa, (et)
  • 2005    Anka Humma, Brussels, (be)
  • 2005    St. Joris Pand, Antwerp, (be)
  • 2006   Gallery 23, assisted by Felix de Rooy, Frank Händler and Diana Elshout, Amsterdam, (nl)
  • 2006   Leoplodburg Cultural Centre, Leopoldburg, (be)
  • 2007   Delen Bank, (Antwerpen) with A&A gallery Hasselt, (be)
  • 2008   Domelhoff Cultural Center, Neerpelt, (be)
  • 2010   “X Factor”, Addis Ababa, Laphto Centre, (et)
  • 2010   Zuiderpershuis, (with Worku Goshu), Antwerpen, (be)
  • 2011   “Beyond Axum”, Bekris Gallery, 49 Geary St., San Francisco, (with Etiye Dima Poulsen), (us)
  • 2012   “When Words Fail” Bekris Gallery, 49 Geary Street, Suite 235, San Francisco, (us)
  • 2012   Amandla, City Library (with 10 African and Belgian artists) Antwerp, (be)
  • 2012   ”Terra firma”, Ruimte Morguen, (with Ermias Kifleyesus), Antwerp, (be)
  • 2012   Gallery 24, (with Etiye Dimma Poulsen, Amsterdam, (nl)
  • 2014   Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa, (et)
  • 2014   Alliance Ethio-Française, Dire Dawa, (et)
  • 2014   ”Start to Jazz”, Kunstenplatform WARP, Sint Niklaas, (be)
  • 2016   ”BAD”, Belgium Art and Design, solo booth, Eskimo Fabriek, Gent, (be)
  • 2016   ”Inside Track” Lela Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, (et)
  • 2016    “Wereldfeest Ondersteboven”, Domelhoff Cultural Center, Neerpelt, (be)
  • 2018    “Polémica Personal”, Agencia de Tránsitos Culturales Santa Cruz de Tenerife, (es)

Group shows

  • 1989   ”Small Format Paintings’”, the Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sliven (bg), (catalog)
  • 1989    Mejdunaroden Plein Air, Young Artists’ exhibition, Shirokaleka, Smolian (bl), (catalog)
  • 1995    “De Sokkel Van David Teniers”, Elzenfield Cultural Centre, Antwerp, (be)
  • 1996    “AEthiopia: People, Culture and Art”, African Museum of Tervuren, Brussels (be), (catalog)
  • 1997    “African Wind”, De Vierkante Zaal, (with Toma Luntumbue, Aimé Ntakiyicka, … ), (be)
  • 1999    “Faith, Hope, and Love” Millennium – De Warande, Turnhout, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Ricardo Brey, Zhou Shanglie, Stef Van Bellingen (curator), (be) (catalog)
  • 1999    “Print as Fiction”, with Guillaume Bijl, Ronny De Meyer, Bernd Lohaus, Martin Maloney, Werner Mannaers, Ulrich Meister, Luc Tuymans, Philippe Vandenberg, Henk Visch (be), Gallery Roger Van Daele (limited edition), Antwerp, (be)
  • 2001    “Dessins Choisir” Addis Ababa, Paris, (catalog), (fr)
  • 2001    De Branderij, Antwerp, (be)
  • 2001    Dialogist-Kantor & Walter Swennen /Jour-fixe: Ethiopië-rapport, Lieve Lambrecht en Chris Straetling, Ria Paquee, Tewodros Hagos, Nebiat Abebe, Dimension Group (…) Factor 44, Antwerp, (be)
  • 2002    Dakar Biennale, (catalog), (sn)
  • 2003    “23 sins” – Artists book’  Triennale, Vilnius, catalog), (lt)
  • 2003    Arte Coppo, Vervier, Liege with A. Peron, (be)
  • 2003    “Yemereshaw Qeeld” Text performance; with Guy Rombouts, Mirabelle Wouters, Daisy Wouters, Arjen Nelis, Harry Heirmans, Chris Straetling, Factor 44, Antwerp, (be)
  • 2004    Book Presentation, Stef van Bellingen; Video, Chris Straetling; Factor 44, Antwerp, (be)
  • 2004    “Montigny-Dakart”, Montigny Charlerois, (be)
  • 2004    “Eclipse”, Bornem/Puurs/Willebroek CC, (catalog), Stef Van Bellingen (Curator), (be)
  • 2005    Ethiopian Cultural Event, Lyonne, Mikael Bethe Selassie, Tewodros Tsige, (…), (fr)
  • 2005    Amandla, City Library (African and Belgian artists) Antwerp, (be)
  • 2006    Amandla, City Library (20 African and Belgian artists) Antwerp, (be)
  • 2008    “Ecouter et Entendre”, Hassan Musa, Otobong Nkanga, Aimé Ntakiyicka, (…), Dunja Hersac (Curator), Gallery Kevin Conru, Grand Sablon, Brussels, (catalog), (be)
  • 2008    “Art Reflecting The World”, Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Antonio Claudio Carvahlo, Ronny Delrue, Hadasah Emmerisch, (…) Stef Van Bellingen (Curator), (nl)
  • 2009    Amandla, City Library (African and Belgian artists) Antwerp, (be)
  • 2009    East African Biennial, a project on (unmasking) les Demoiselles des Avignon, Ricardo Brey, Pierre Mertens, Willo Gonnissen, Yves Goscinny (curator) Dar Es Salam, (Catalogue), (tz)
  • 2009    ‘Sport: Fait(es) Divers’, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sim cha Chi, Axel, Harold E.Edgerton, Hans Peter Feldmann, Jef Geys, Guy Mees, Edward Muybridge, Hans Op de Beeck, August Sander, Walter Swennen, Henk Visch, Phil Wauters (…) Mechelen, Marc Scheppers (Curator), (be)
  • 2010    BOLERO, an international art project on the move, Addis Ababa, Laphto Centre – Leo Kosm (curator) (Et); Dar Es Salam, Alliance Française (Tz); Karoo Gallery, Prince Albert (SA); Zero Station, a house for creativity, Nguyen Nhu Huy (curator), (ve), (….)
  • 2010    Amandla (…) Atlas, Antwerpen (be)
  • 2010    “Kunsten Route-Euro Park”, Renaat Braem, Sim Cha Chi, … Marc Schepers (curator), (be)
  • 2010    “Impetus”, Atelier Fine Arts Gallery, Tewodros Hagos, Eyob Kitaba, Behailu Bezabih, Tamrat Gezahegne, Klaus Martens, (Dawit Petros, Aida Muluneh /Addis Fotofest), Mexico Sq., Addis, (et)
  • 2011    “Neo Escape”, Atelier Gallery, Michael Tsegaye, Claus Martens, Antonio Fironte, Ezra Wube, Addis (…), (et)
  • 2012    Bolero, an international art project on the move, 1, Shanthiroad, Shanthinagar, Bangalore (Ind); Galerie VOSS, Gerberstrasse, Dortmund (de), Galerie RIVELLI 798, 798 Artzone, Jiuxianqiao no. 2, Chaoyang Dst, Beijing (ch) ,
  • 2012 Manifesta 9 Parallel Events, Genk Public Library, with ArtBolero group, Genk, (be)
  • 2012 a BOZAR initiated African countries touring exhibition, conceived by David Adjaye, Leo Lefort (curator), (et)
  • 2012 Lela Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Leo Lefort (curator), Addis (et.)  files/FACE2FACE.pdf
  • 2013  “Celebrating Pan Africanism through Artistic Expression”, Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, commemorating 50th anniversary of African Union, Dr. Desta Meghoo (curator), Addis, (et)
  • 2013 Leaving for a living, expo, A & A Gallery, Stevoort Hasselt, (be)
  • 2014 Second Room, Antwerp Central Station, windows, Antwerpen, (be)
  • 2014 Open Studios, 2nd edition, Studio Start and NICC, Deurne (be) artists-Mulugeta Tafesse
  • 2016 BAD Belgium Art and Design Fair, 1st edition, Gent, (be)
  • 2016 “Imagine Europe: In Search of New Narratives”, BOZAR” , video interview, Brussels, (be)
  • 2016 Gallery Resonance, Plovdiv, (bg)
  • 2017 Open door day, NICC/Studio Start, Antwerpen, (be)
  • 2017 BOLERO, KIOSK, Place des Augustins, Geneva, (ch)
  • 2017 BOLERO, EOS Gallery, 38 Cheiden, Victoria, Square, Athens, gr


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