Natnael Ashebir | Ethiopia

I attempt to explore the various layers drawn close to our experience in the urban context apparent through forms of hegemony, social structure, culture, historical moments and so on. The intricate relationship that these forms bear do manifest their ability to isolate us from some aspect of existence and at times to bring us together and liquidate us with various integral aspects of our very existence in the urban context.’

Natnael Ashebir was born in 1995 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He graduated from the Alle School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa University with a BFA.

He merges form in a meditative exploration of layers of life and inwardness. His artworks are not only about urbanization and social structures, rather, but they are also an immersive experience of time and space.

He works across a variety of media including painting, digital art, drawing and photography.

His work allows him the chance to feel, experience and contemplate urbanization and what it means to our time and by extension to the layers in our life. The experience of passing through such a journey allows him the means to search for beauty and to find it in imperfection, in impermanence and in the incompleteness of a chaotic life. In order to achieve this his work contains spontaneity along with articulated expressions about the layers of life. This is achieved through the forms, color and texture that are reassembled and juxtaposed to create complex images and imaginations about urbanization’s weight.

Solo exhibitions:

Layers of life, Guramayne art Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Group exhibitions:

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

Ties that bind us, The cowrie culture, Accra, Ghana 

BFA Graduation show, ASFAD, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ART X Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Reflection 3 Fendika Cultural Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Bloom Laphto Contemporary Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
Memorial No 7 Italian Cultural Institution, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
Circle art gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

Reflection 2 Denq Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Three generation Fendika Cultural Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Reflection 1 Taza Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

National Theatre Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



32 Degrees East Ugandan Arts Trust, Kampala, Uganda (upcoming)

AU20 Residency Program, Dakar, Senegal



Second prize winner, Emerging Painting Invitational (EPI), African Art Galleries Association (AAGA)

Selected Works