Nahosenay Negussie | Ethiopia

“My art considers the object as a social indicator, a “sign bearer”. Considered as instruments of political power, ideological vehicles, demonstrations of ostentatious luxury and economic power, but also as incarnations of emotions and experiences, the historical archetypes of decorative arts consummately provide me with useful material.”


Nahosenay Negussie was born in 1987, Ethiopia, and currently lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He took his Bachelor of Arts in Allé School of Fine Arts and Design in 2012.

Nahosenay Negussie’s work explores the space where myths and dreams collide. The imaginary world he evocates by the use of bright colors and rich decoration represents the artist’s need to create images for contemplation and at the same time can be read as a sarcastic comment to the vast problems of contemporary society.

Nahosenay can be defined contemporary in style and abstract /semi-abstract in design. He emphasizes colors, textures, and carefully chooses motifs that symbolize, express or honor the rhythms, seasons, and cycles of nature. He mostly uses ‘Tibeb’, the decoration of a pattern which is handwoven with supplementary weft into the border of the ‘shemma’: worn by women and men in Ethiopia and Eritrea and traditionally worn in the northern and central highlands of Ethiopia.

He co-founded ‘Moged’ fine Arts Studio and lately oversaw and worked on several high-profile fine art projects, including a large-scale mural art located at the main building entrance of the Ethiopian foreign affairs office and Jupiter International Hotel. In 2012 he was a recipient of the Japan Prize scholarship.


Selected solo exhibitions:

Nahosenay Neggussie, National Congress of Heights, Washington DC, USA

Nahosenay Neggussie, Gebeta Restaurant, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Selected group exhibitions:

Art To Z: Spring Group Exhibition, Akka Project, Dubai, UAE

Africa… & The Other 54 Countries: Focus On Ethiopia, AKKA Project, Dubai, UAE

Untitled, National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Untitled, Group exhibition at Radisson Blue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Untitled, Group exhibition at National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Untitled, Group exhibition at Ethiopian community, California, USA

Graduating class art exhibition, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design School, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Untitled, Alliance Ethio- Française, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Untitled, Group Exhibition for Listro project, Berlin, Germany and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Untitled, Debrezeit Babugaya Resort, Bishoftu, Ethiopia



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