Workneh Bezu | Ethiopia

“Art is a fundamental necessity for me. Art is the modality that reflects a thought. My life is art, art is nature. Through art, my soul is expressed in this world; I don’t think I could survive without art. For me I need art like the air I breathe, my dreams are revealed through my art.”

Workneh Bezu Kassa was born in 1978 in Ethiopia and currently lives and works in Addis Ababa. Workneh began drawing from a very young age, taking drawing lessons in elementary school and showing great artistic abilities. He always considered art both his passion and his dream and after being enrolled at the prestigious Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Design, studying under some of the masters of Ethiopian painting and sculptor, Workneh gained the techniques and academic skills he needed to bring his dreams to reality. 

Workneh experiments with different art forms such as paintings, sculptures, graphics, and video works. Later on, the artist shifted his attention from circles to female figures. The artist creates artworks that feature mothers and children, their emotional connection and that represent an array of human emotions such as sadness, happiness, frustrations, and many more. Workneh Bezu’s latest artworks are inspired by Eve and the apple tree.
Workneh is best known as the pioneer of puppet and short animation film in Ethiopia.  He’s widely known as a writer, a director, and a producer of the first children film in puppet film in Ethiopia, entitled Sasase fable ye sasase teret.

Solo exhibitions:

2016
Yes I can see, Tallinn Culture Institute, Tallinn, Estonia

2011
Alliance Ethio- Francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2007
Workneh Bezu, Habesha Art Studio, Lela gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Workneh Bezu, Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Workneh Bezu, Residence of First Secretary of USA Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2006
Once There Was A Girl, Residence of USA Embassies Secretary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2005
Workneh Bezu, American Community School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

2004
Friendship, Saron Art Studio Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Photography Exhibition, German School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Habesha, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2002
Gizawi No.1. Presentation of Experimental Ideas, Contemporary Art Space, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Workneh Bezu, Habesha Art Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Workneh Bezu, Habesha Art Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Group exhibitions:

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

2021          
WopArt Fair, Lugano, Switzerland | AKKA Project
I Have a Dream!, AKKA Project Venezia, Venice, Italy
USAID/ DELIVER Project Art Show for Street Children, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2019
Art To Z: Spring Group Exhibition, AKKA Project Dubai, Dubai, UAE
The 4th Afro Chines Art & folklore festival Art workshop & puppet show for children
Ministry of Pease Ethiopia Art Work for visually impaired people, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2018
Africa… & The Other 54 Countries: Focus On Ethiopia, AKKA Project Dubai, Dubai, UAE
The 3rd Afro Chines Art & folklore festival
New York Art symposium Art show and Museum visiting, New York, USA

2017
Ethiopian National Television Program Puppet show for children program

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