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Ephrem Solomon

Born in 1983 - Ethiopia

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1983 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ephrem Solomon observes his environment and presents socio-political works using woodcut and mixed media. Informing his work are views of the city and the people that inhabit the spaces around him, as does a fictional world that exists beyond the present – a reality that is free from the limitations of anecdotal recordings of experience. Using black and white to symbolize this juncture in reality, Solomon presents his observations though symbolism and use of archival material, which provide personal and political narratives beyond his locale. Many of his works remain untitled, allowing viewers to identify themselves and those around them. Solomon has exhibited internationally, including shows in Ethiopia, Kenya, Dubai and Croatia. His works are held in private collections in Dubai, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and the UK, including the Saatchi Collection.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014
Untitled Life, Tiwani Contemporary, London
2012
Le Rustique Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
Nine Artists, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
Art 15, Circle Art Agency, London
Concerning the Internal, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
Cape Town Art Fair, Circle Art Agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Pangaea: New Art From Africa And Latin America II, Saatchi Gallery, London

2014
Art of Ethiopia, Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Modern and Contemporary East African Art – Auction, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, Kenya
In and Out Life Stories, GraceFruit, Alliance Francaise, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Pop Up: East African Encounters, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, Kenya
PAPER, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, Kenya
1.2.3.4.5 Years Best Graduation Art Works, National Museum of Ethiopia Art Gallery, Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia

2013
Modern and Contemporary East African Art – Auction, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, Kenya
6th Edition - East Africa Art Biennale, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Art of Ethiopia, Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
African Aesthetics, Addis Ababa University Institute of Ethiopian Studies Museum, Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia
Contemporary African Art and its Caricature, Ichono Yakata Gallery, Yokohama City University, Japan
Chewata, The Game of Life, Italian Culture Institute, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

2012
Group Exhibition, Swahili Beach Art Gallery, Mombasa, Kenya
Sanaa Ya Makaratasi African Paper Art-Process, Substance and Environment/Nairobi National
Museum, Nairobi, Kenya

2011
Group Exhibition, Diani Beach Art Gallery, Mombasa, Kenya
Group Exhibition, NETSA Art Village, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Group Exhibition, Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC), Dubai, UAE
11th Wasanii International Artists' Workshop, Elsamere Conservation Centre C/O Kuona Art Trust,
Nairobi, Kenya
Group Exhibition, Fana Wogi Modern Art Museum/Gebre Kirstos Desta Center, Addis Ababa
University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2010
2nd International Biennial of Painters and Sculptors, Croatia

2009 Group Exhibition, Entoto TVET College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2006 Contemporary Art Works, Nairobi Goethe-institue/Alliance Française, Nairobi, Kenya

2004 Group Exhibition, Addis Ababa City Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2002 Group Exhibition, Russian Center for Science & Culture, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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