Ethiopia Creates was founded to promote the arts and artists in Ethiopia by providing awards and exposure with a solo exhibition in Los Angeles, California for the winner.
Ethiopia Creates is sponsored by Little Ethiopia Cultural Resource Center in Los Angeles.
The LECRC is a cultural resource center for the Ethiopian community and the general public. Part of the mission of the LECRC is to advance cultural education.
2014 First Place Winner
for his piece
In Search of Our Lost Wisdom
Yonas Hailu was born in Ethiopia in 1987 he graduated in 2010 from Alle school of Fine Arts, In Addis Ababa Specializing in Visual art/ communication he was inspires to be a Designer By his older brothers known as their art and design studio Ethio Brothers A passionate and diverse artist ,Yonas’s Skill of paintings ,drawings and graphic art and digital new media received early recognition when he won the 3rd youth art competition Romania, a solo exhibition in the Sheraton Addis, Africa union AU, UN, the USA EMBASSY , BRAZILE EMBASSY
During the last years he had been a member of dkt Ethiopia design team for the authentic pin on HIV/AIDS awareness marketing materials yonas is also worked in ETHIOPIAN RED CROSS Society publication product while working there he has a unique opportunity to collaborate Professional l of variety (such as designers, marketings, sales managing and product engines)
Ethiopian born artist Tewodros Hagos creates portraits that function as visual testament of the artist’s own vitality and that of his subjects, mostly composed of youth culture, the oppressed, the poor and dispossessed, yet within these fiercely revelatory portraits exists an essential and unavoidable human element and the sense that we are ultimately all connected.
Working in acrylic on canvas, Hagos’ sweeping and hauntingly direct visual accountings do more than elucidate a singular image of a specific person, but open out into a multifaceted dialogue between the subject and the artist, or more importantly perhaps between the subject and the viewer as these faces loom momentarily in our consciousness only to recede and then resurface much later as ideas or thoughts. Hagos, like Lucien Freud or even Francis Bacon, recognizes the strength, or rather the insistence of the “visual encounter” between the subject and the viewer, much like an assault couched in velvet. One remembers the epic force of the gaze, though the particulars might be hazy.
Working with large-scale imagery as well as smaller more discreet images on canvas, Hagos’ paintings betray a strange musculature; paint collected into a tightly modulated system of deliverance, and then slowly reeled out as the faces reveal themselves almost in stages. Color is an important and vital element to understanding and appreciating these paintings and Hagos has limited his palette to browns and blacks, mediated by the occasional saturated blue or green. Color, like line, serves as an emotional or visceral element here, a means by which the artist creates another opening, or point of entry between himself and his subject, allowing us not necessarily to glimpse the all-too-familiar and overwrought “otherness” but instead providing us as viewers with a profoundly complex and moving visual experience where we might search for ourselves in face of another.
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