Yohannes Tesfaye, a contemporary abstract painter, now living and working in San Diego, California, was born and educated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For his exhibition, Flesh Lines, at Lori L Fine Art Gallery, Tesfaye continues to explore through mixed medium painting, African traditions and culture. Using contemporary materials and techniques, his current body of work examines the practice of ritual tribal scarification in a twenty-first century artistic and historical context.
We welcome you to join us for this one-night reception. The artist will be in attendance and original works will be made available.
Tesfaye was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1978. He studied painting for four years at Alle School of Fine Arts & Design at Addis Ababa University, graduating in 2001 with a BFA. After graduation, he traveled to Moscow for training at Surikov Art Institute. Upon returning from Russia, he became a workshop instructor at Addis Ababa University. His work experience is diverse: from creating illustrations for children's books at McMillian publishers to a restoration of wall frescos for Addis Ababa Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Before he left Ethiopia in 2005, Tesfaye regularly participated in both regional and international group and solo shows. Since arriving in the United States, Yohannes has continued to actively exhibit his art both regionally and nationally. Tesfaye focuses on two and three-dimensional paintings in acrylic, oil on canvas, wood, fiberglass and a variety of mixed mediums.