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Affordable Addis Art Fair

March 18, 2014 Leave a comment

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For the first time in Addis Ababa, a massive art fair is offering contemporary Ethiopian art for sale to collectors and first-time buyers. Some 1 000m² of floor space at Boles Millennium hall is filled with a great visual feast with the inauguration of the four day Addis Art Fair, running from 15 to 18 March. The art showcase included its range of traditional works, like paintings, drawings and sculptures, as well as patchwork, installations, print and ceramics pieces from both established and promising newcomer artists.

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New exhibition to open at LeLa gallery

June 6, 2013 Leave a comment

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A large collection of drawings and paintings by the artist Dereje Demissie will be on show in Addis Ababa this Saturday at LeLa Art gallery. The exhibition titled “Cycle” runs from 8 June, 3pm onwards until 23 June.
Graduated from the Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts, and exhibited in leading galleries in Ethiopia, Sudan, Dubai, Germany and Uganda, Dereje began to make an impact with his portraits and landscapes, rendered with high-keyed flickering colors.
LeLa Gallery art curator Leo Lefort said Dereje’s ‘Cycle’ exhibition offers an eloquent testimony of the need to develop the art of ‘seeing’ in depth the invisible realm. He said by emphasizing the expressive potential of natural formal elements, Dereje built a fine bridge between naturalistic painting and abstraction. The exhibition looks as if “ the observation of nature -mainly occurring in the South of Ethiopia, where Dereje often travels- led him to abandon all basic principles of reproduction, learnt with influential teacher Getahun Assefa, painting only with pictorial elements, not for the purpose of figuration but with the aim of a quasi mystical revelation,” said Leo.

Zerihun retrospective to open

April 16, 2013 Leave a comment

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Lela Art Gallery will present a retrospective of the work of Zerihun Yetmegeta in a new exhibition opening Saturday, April 20. “Yekelebet Menged” (Ring Road) will run through May 12th at LeLa Contemporary art Gallery in Addis Ababa. Zerihun is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential artists in contemporary Ethiopian art, in a career that spans almost five decades.
“Zerihun explores for the past 50 years the visualization of space by creating an illusion of depth and engages the viewer in the game of seeking recognizable imagery and inventing his own visual chronicle,” an associate curator, Leo Lefort said.
The exhibition will feature black and white paintings, prints, drawings which according to the curator “allude to the textural quality of sculpture -equating Paul Klee or Pierre Soulages- suggesting a third dimension where there is only the flat surface of the canvas.”
As Leo noted, “Like a distant mirage, the viewer is drawn into the works of Zerihun, wanting to explore the multiple layers of information: referring to symbols, gods and Saints, motifs inherited from magic scrolls, Akan akua’ba figure from Ghana or King Ezana.”
The exhibition will explore dominant themes throughout Zerihun’s career, including mythology and fiction, anthropology and truth, illusion, duality, myth, and fairy tale. “The irradiation of color and the absence of a precise narrative,” will be the main feature of the show, according to the curator.
For more, go to LeLa Art Gallery website.

Merid’s charcoal drawings

December 14, 2012 Leave a comment

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Ethiopian artist Merid Tafesse paints images of genuine topicality in an immaculate caricature style. An exhibition entitled, “DON’T ASK ME WHY” at the private Lela Art Gallery in Addis Ababa presents the artist’s 36 works, most of them done in charcoal with cartoonish manner, a style that have become the artist’s signature works. Human figures, portraits and clowns dominate the works and are put on the papers by a casual application of drawing. Merid’s charcoal looks like an up-close black and white photograph and he is so fine with the brush that he could complete his creations with just one stroke. His shapes appear to form a segment of a much larger implied image that continues to either side or beyond the actual paper. Read more…

The Secret Wisdom of Talisman

October 6, 2012 Leave a comment

(Press Release)
Talismanic art is a touchstone of traditional Ethiopian art. Drawing on various roots – and with visual similarities to mandalas and calligraphy -the pieces have been used as healing tools, and are also sometimes called magic scrolls.
Mezgebu is a direct descendant of this tradition. His father, Gera, was a leading exponent and master of this idiom.
Gera was described as a “sage, a true icon who lives in a universe inhabited by angels and demons in a perpetual combat for good and evil”
Mezgebu, trained in the technique and knowledge by his father, builds on his familial traditions and the larger Ethiopian talismanic tradition in creating his works.
A show at LeLa Art Gallery in Addis Ababa presents Mezgebu’s fresh and different approaches to this tradition. Building on tradition while searching for new forms of expression within a traditionally circumscribed form; these pieces are both homage to the genre and a break from it, trying to expose this art form to a wider audience.
Born in 1980, Mezgebu lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has exhibited in Ethiopia, France, and Italy.
Saturday October 6th 2012, from 3pm onward.
Exhibition runs till October 28th 2012.
For more info LeLa Art Gallery web

A Review of Daniel Taye’s exhibit

September 23, 2012 2 comments

Daniel Taye’s Oil Baron, an exhibit of 25 paintings is on view at the Lela Art Gallery from September 15 through September 30, 2012.Daniel who is best known for his portraits and landscapes is admired by art lovers and fellow artists. The artist who a few years ago reportedly suffered bouts of depression, alcoholism and an inability to paint has been fighting against all his hurdles and working up right to the end. With the help of his girlfriend (whose beautiful portrait he has done for this year’s Art of Ethiopia) who is encouraging him to keep painting, Daniel is getting back his momentum and producing high technical standards like those he did before.
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Daniel Taye’s oil baron

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment


An exhibition of paintings by Ethiopian artist Daniel Taye opens to the public this weekend at LeLa Art Gallery. Oil Baron is a collection of new landscape and figure paintings by the Addis-born artist. Graduated with distinction from the painting department of the Addis Ababa Fine Arts School in the mid 80’s, Daniel is known for his evocative landscape and figurative work. He was once named by CNN as the “Van Gogh of Africa…”.
Born on 5th January 1968, Daniel grew up closely involved with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and eventually became deacon. From 1990 until 1993, he worked for the Ministry of Mining on the Gold mine Documentation Project. He has seen his work exhibited in Ethiopia as well as several major cities in the USA, Netherlands.
Lilly Sahle, Director of the art gallery says that Daniel’s mind and body work at a very rapid pace. “Intense emotions dwell in his eyes, in his paintings, in his sketches & in this very show featuring mostly recent works, but also allowing the audience to revisit some key pieces from the past ten years,” she says.
The exhibit will open Saturday September 15, from 3pm onward at the LeLa Art Gallery located in Armed Forces Hospital area.
Location: From ring road direction Jimma, take the first right after the Armed Forces Hospital (old Airport) on China Embassy/ Ghana Embassy/ Swedish Clinic road – go down, pass Ghana Embassy approx. 200 mtrs make a right and follow the LeLa sign