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Born 1948, Harar Ethiopia

Lives and works in Addis Ababa.




He was born in the walled city of Harar, Ethiopia in 1948. He studied at the Addis Ababa School of Fine Art from where he graduated in painting in 1973. During the school years (1970-1973), Tibebe and his friends formed the Sixteen Young Artist' Association that aimed at staging exhibitions around the country. Tibebe worked as an art instructor at the Medhane Alem Comprehensive High School in Harar from 1973 until 1980. In 1981 he moved to Addis Ababa, and worked as an Illustrator for Kuraz Publishing House until 1983. Since 1984 he has been working as a studio artist from his residence in Addis Ababa. Since 1981 he has numerous Solo exhibition in Ethiopia, Germany (Berlin), Canada (Winnipeg ,Toronto), USA (Washington), Spain (Madrid).





Solo Exhibitions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia




Open Studio at the artist's residence




Asni Art Gallery




Open Studio at the artist's residence




Zoma Contemporary Art Center, Addis Ababa




Art Space, Addis Ababa




Asni Arts Gallery, Addis Ababa




1995, 1993, 1992, 1987, 1986, 1983


Goethe Institute, Addis Ababa


1993, 1992, 1986, 1981


Alliance Ethio-Francaise



Solo Exhibitions - international





WorldSpace, Washigtone D.C. U.S.A


2000, 2002


MHC Art Gallary, Winnipeg, Canada




Kukulu, The Art and Design Place, Toronto, Canada




Babanussa Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany




Lincoln County Public Library, Kentucky, USA




Saint Norbert Art Center, Manitoba, Canada




Selected Group Exhibitions



2008 - Sheraton Addis

2007 - ARCO Intl. Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain, represented by ASNI GALLERY

2007 - "Zero Gravity", Lela Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2000 - Taitu International Arts Center (TIAC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

1999 - Heinrich Boll Foundation, 'Bridges', Addis Ababa

1996 - "Rise with the sun": Contemporary African Art Touring Exhibition - across Canada

1991 - 1994 - AFRICA "Art of the People" Artist in partnership for Africa. Touring - across Canada





2002, 2003, 2004 Saint Norbert Art Center, Manitoba, Canada

2010 - Stanford, KY, Sponsored by: First Southern National Bank

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