Tizta Berhanu, Affinity, 2019, Oil on Canvas, 120 x 120 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Addis Fine Art
Founded by Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul, Addis Fine Art is a pioneering gallery based in Addis Ababa and London. The very first local space and international platform based in Ethiopia, the gallery focuses on highlighting modern and contemporary fine art from the Horn of Africa region and its diasporas.
January 2016 saw the opening of the gallery’s main space in the heart of Addis Ababa, launching its innovative programme of exhibitions, talks and events, showing a diverse set of modern and contemporary artists. In October 2016, the AFA Project Space was opened in London, to provide an additional international platform to the gallery’s programme. Soon, the London programme will move to Cromwell Place, a first-of-its-kind exhibition space in Kensington, London.
Addis Fine Art has quickly become one of the leading galleries from Africa, facilitating critical engagement with the local and mainstream art markets, championing an underrepresented, yet rich space in modern and contemporary fine art.
Tizta Berhanu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1991 where she has lived and worked her entire life. She graduated in 2013 from the Addis Ababa University, Ale School of Fine Arts and Design where she studied the tutelage under legendary modernist artists Tadesse Mesfin.
Since her graduation, she has been working as a full-time studio artist, experimenting and searching for new ways to find her unique voice through her favoured medium, painting. Her main inspiration is human emotion in all its facets, portraying her subjects expressing love, hate, sadness and loneliness. Capturing the true emotion underneath the surface of their skin, her paintings are often ambiguous, painted with broad confident brush strokes in deep intense colours. Blues, purples and deep-sea greens, dominate the canvasses creating an atmosphere wherein the viewer comes voyeuristically close to the emotions of the portrayed.