Born in 1985, Emanuel Tegene trained at Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in 2008.
While at Alle, he worked for Saloon Ethiopia as a cartoonist, challenging himself to create subtle and elegant illustrations. Later, working on projects as diverse as movie storyboards and book covers, he widened his practice as a way of evolving his language of artistic expression. Currently, Emanuel works as a full-time studio artist and continues to develop his practice, realizing his natural affinity for drawing and recording his surroundings. As part of a movement of contemporary Ethiopian artists, Emanuel is largely occupied with exploring the possibilities created by artists responding to the changing cultural dynamics of the society around them. Emanuel captures thoughts, scenes, ideas, and conversations from life around him in his artwork. His various encounters with people he meets inspire him to recreate their stories on canvas.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
The Armory Show 2016, Circle Art Gallery Booth, New York. African Perspectives, curated by Yvette Mutumba and Julia Grosse.
Art and Social Commentary: Here and There, Tobya Art Gallery, Seattle
Galani Gallery, Addis Ababa
Angels and Demons, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Havremagasinet Gallery in, Boden, Sweden.
African Aesthetics exhibition at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies Museum
African Union Golden Jubilee, Addis Ababa
Art of Memory at the Italian Cultural Institute, Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian National Gallery