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Dawit Abebe

Born in 1978 - Ethiopia

BIOGRAPHY

Dawit Abebe graduated from the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Desigm with a diploma in painting, sculpture, graphics, photography and industrial design. Since 2001, he has been a full-time artist in residence at the Habesha Art Studio in his native Ethiopia, and has also worked with UNICEF to hold workshops for street children in Arba Minch, Jinka and Addis Ababa. Solo exhibitions include Background 2 at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2015), Background 1 at Lela Gallery, Addis Ababa (2014), and X Privacy at the Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa (2012). Group exhibitions include Concerning The Internal at Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi (2015), Visibles/Invisibles at Fondation Blachere, Apt (2015), the touring Silver Sea Cross-Ship (2013-14) and the display of the Habesha Art Collection at the National Museum in Addis Ababa (2014), as well as exhibitions in France, the UAE and the USA. His works are part of Saatchi Gallery’s Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America (March to September 2015). In 2014, one of the works from Abebe’s X Privacy series sold for double its estimate at a major auction of East African art in Nairobi, Kenya. His work continues to gain international recognition.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
Background 2, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London
2014
Background 1, Lela Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2012
X-Privacy, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2010
Dawit Collection, Alliance Ethio-Française, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
2009
Pin Codes, Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2006
Green Women, Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
Concerning The Internal, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
Visibles/Invisibles: L’Afrique Urbaine et ses Marges, Fondation Blachere, Apt, France
Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London

2014
Habesha Collection, National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sound of Changes, Ethiopian Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
East Africa Encounters, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, Kenya
Circle Art Agency Auction, Nairobi, Kenya
Silver Sea Cross-Ship, Touring exhibition
Trade Roots, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

2013
Art of Ethiopia, Sheraton, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Cutlog Art Fair, Paris, France

2010
Alliances en résonance, Paris, France
Group Show, Saint-Sauveur, France
Al Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai

2009
East Africa Art, Biennale, Tanzania

2008
Langano 2, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Langano 1, French Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2007
Habesha Art Show, Lela Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Group Show, Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Design, Ethiopia
Group Show, Residence of First Secretary of USA Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Speak Africa, UNICEF, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Zero Gravity, LELA Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Engineering Tomorrow, Addis Ababa Faculty of Technology, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2005
Ethiopia Remix, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Group Show, American Community School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2004
Addis Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Friendship, Saron Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Photography Exhibition, German School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Habesha, Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2003
Body Corps, Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2002
Group Show, Habesha Art Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Group Show, Habesha Art Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2001
Group Show, Residence of First Secretary of Spain Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Group Show, University School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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