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Born in Axum, Ethiopia 1973, Assefa Gebrekidan lives and Works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His sculptural installations are grounded in graphic composition and drawing from life. Gebrekidan trained in sculpture at the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design, where he was introduced to Russian constructivist sculpture. Ethiopia had political links with Russia in the late 20th century. After graduating in 1996, for several years he taught art in the Mekele Fina Art School in the north of the country. In this period he made large temporary sculptures in unfired clay which he arranged and photographed against the sky, before destroying them. Returning to Addis Ababa, he experimented with Works incorporating found materials and light in darkened spaces. His solo exhibition ‘Light and Dark’, took place at Zoma Contemporary Art Centre, Addis Ababa in 2003. In 2004 he exhibited in the Dak’Art Biennial, Dakar, Senegal and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France and made his first international solo exhibition ‘A Glimmer of Hope’at Camden Arts Centre, 2005.

Assefa Gebrekidan
Ethiopia
Molemo Gapare Moiloa
Nare Mokgotho
Atang Tshikare
Aline Xavier
Haroon Gunn-Salie
Jody Brand
Ziyanda Majozi
Emmanuel Iduma
Simangaliso Sibiya
Razia Barsatie
Jabu Arnell
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere
Zanele Muholi
Lara Bourdin
Awaad Issa
Ashraf Moneim
Louis Boshoff
Ruan Hoffmann
Krishna Luchoomun
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers
Michele Tabor
Koyo Kouoh
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Hasan and Husain Essop
Leo Lefort
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Akirash
Akintunde Akinleye
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye
Adriaan de Villiers
Zanele Muholi
Hadia Gana
James Iroha Uchechukwu
Mahmoud Khaled
Sarah Erzfinke
Batoul Shimi
Thierry Mandon
Gabriel Kemzo Malou
Ngone Fall
Odili Donald Odita
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita
Rehab El Sadek
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpè
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Rafs Mayet
Henk Rossouw
Nawaal Deane
Darryl Accone
Louis Mhlanga
Krishna Luchoomun
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer
Artists 1992-1998 >>