An Ethiopian native, I moved to the United States after graduating from the Ethiopian Fine Arts Institute in 1997. I continued my Artistic education in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Being a very creative person, I always pursuing new ways of expressing myself while discovering new techniques. I’m currently pursuing an education in film-making, which will provide a new dimension to my artwork.
Training in classic art is evident in my creations. Very few artists can successfully incorporate classical techniques in abstract art. I’m also known for my large drawings and multi-panel paintings as well as large mural paintings.
I consider myself really fortunate to be an artist. My journey as an artist has opened my eyes and enabled me to look at the existence of elements in depth and allowed me to capture a point of expression for the beginning of any element. My source of inspiration is abundant. It’s the daily life, music, books, films, conversations, nature, traveling, science, spiritual ideas, and culture. My work is to experiment with my ideas in the language of art. It allows me to play with a broad range of traditional and non-traditional medium in mainstream fine arts.
In my work I want to bring out a form of philosophy. To me, art serves as a spiritual guide, it manifests my vision and allows me to express my inner voice. At times, I explore new ideas with diverse mathematical formulas and concepts in my art. I am inspired by monumental sculptures, design, archaeology, literature, music and history. I continuously find myself on a journey to discover my heritage, the world and myself.
Painting is an activity that helps to refine the soul. Art is like daily bread for the soul. The artist should have a message to convey. A message revealed to him by his inner voice which also accounts for the beauty of his work. Only that is beautiful.”