Ashenafe Mestika | Ethiopia

I am exploring social interaction and socio-political happenstance, I like interpreting this experience into a visual form and using it as an initial point for my creative processes, the information I collect allows me to understand the past and present social and socio-political practice of the society.”

Ashenafe Metika was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1987 where he now lives and works.

He graduated from Entoto Polytechnic College where he received a 10+3 Diploma in fine art, specializing in painting, and AAU Alle School of Fine Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2020.

He is interested in social and socio-political issues that become inspiration for his work. He tries to connect himself with his surroundings, observes people’s interactions with each other and the stories of their life experiences.

As a visual artist he likes to navigate in full length the different possibilities with which the subject can be represented till he understands the subject fully in its meaning and form.

He uses different types of visual elements such as drawing, painting, video and photography. In his drawing and painting he prefers to use complementary tones as to him this reflects the theme of complimentary ideas and instances in nature.

His drawing tones are predominantly black and red. This is derived from the Coptic Orthoc Church manuscript. In the Coptic tradition the manuscripts are written in black while the names of God, the angels and the saints are written in red. In his paintings Mestika uses red for figures that are surrounded with black and with other colors that are subordinate in the art work.

Solo exhibitions:

Traces of a Moment, Guramayne Art Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Strong Emotions and Expressions, Galleria TO. MO. CA., Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Group exhibitions:

Contemporary Ethiopia at Quoz Arts Fest 2023, Akka Project Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Water in Ethiopia, Photography Exhibition, Goethe-Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
YOUNG VIGOR, Ethiopian Metropolitan Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Triangular Relationship, RED Door Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Contemporary II 6 Years On, Circle art gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

AAU Alle School of Fine Art & Design, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

MILLERNTOR GALLERY#8, Hamburg, Germany

MILLERNTOR GALLERY #1, Kampala, Uganda
MILLERNTOR GALLERY #7, Hamburg, Germany

HEXAGON, Laphto Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
MILLERNTOR GALLERY#6, Hamburg, Germany

MILLERNTOR GALLERY#5, Hamburg, Germany 

Hibir 2 Monarch Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
Ras Tafari the Majesty & the Movement Exhibit, Ethiopian National Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
Hibir 1 Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Capital Hotel’s Living Legends in Ethiopian Art, Capital Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Art Fair 2014, Millennium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  

African Aesthetics, Fine Art|Photographs | Artifacts Exhibition Commemorating the OAU|AU 50th Anniversary, Addis Ababa University Institute of Ethiopian Studies Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Visual Art meets Fashion Golagol Tower, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia    

Art of Ethiopian 2012, Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia    

The 1st Annual Ethiopia Visual Art Exhibition, Laphto Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Art of Ethiopian 2011, Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia              
Harmony, Ethiopian National Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Alliance Ethio-Francis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Entoto Polytechnic College Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  



Artist in Residence at MILLERNTOR GALLERY#8, Hamburg, Germany   

Selected Works