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Solomon__™s paintings are reflections of the stories, thoughts, and ideas that he wants to express about himself, his culture, and the human condition. He believes sharing these concepts will help connect people with their own feelings and with the humanness we all share, in some small way bringing the world community closer in touch with one another. He was born in the middle of the ___Mercato___, the local market place, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ambiance of his local has been an inspiration. The hue of the dust and dirt littering the streets, the color of the rusty roofs and shanty houses, the actions of the beggars and the drunkards, the shoe-shiners, and the street vendors all held a unique beauty for him, and to this day continue to influence his painting. Church iconographers also mesmerized him. When he saw them paint on the church walls, he was moved by their artistry. This experience stirred him to interpret Saints__™ images on sheets of paper. Children in his neighborhood, ___Kolfe___, were attracted by these drawings, which he soon developed into postcards. For ___Enkutatash," Ethiopian New Year, the kids preferred his drawings over others, creating a need for mass production so that they could buy them to give as special gifts. He later joined the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design. While there, he learned to develop his talented use of color and design to produce images with creative composition. Since graduation in 2001, he helped establish Saron Art Studio in Addis Ababa and has continued to explore his perceptions of everyday life. He has shared these concepts both in Ethiopia and abroad, exhibiting his work in Africa, Europe, and the United States. Through these exhibitions, Solomon has built a reputation as a talented artist in the art world of Ethiopia. However, his dream as an artist is also to become globally recognized. In 2005, he moved to the United States in order to expand his opportunities for reaching this aspiration. Scenes and figures seen in the Eastern regions of Ethiopia as well as the urban settings of Addis Ababa heavily influence his artwork. ___Currently, he is an MFA student at Howard University. His collections can be found in the Vatican Embassy, Addis Ababa; Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design; Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Arthur Rimbaud Museum, Harar, Ethiopia; Alliance Francaise in Djibouti and Sudan. Selected Exhibitions: ___ Friends of Africa, New York, New York 2008 ___ Gallery I, San Francisco, California 2008 ___ Phillip Ratner Museum, Bethesda, Maryland 2007 ___ New York International Expo, New York, New York 2006 ___ Alliance Ethio Francaise, 'Ethiopian Remix' 2005 ___ Fourier De La Marine Djibouti 2005 ___ Alliance Francaise, Khartoum Sudan 2005 ___ Arthur Rimbaud, Harar, Ethiopia 2004 ___ National Museum of Ethiopia 2004 4 comments

Biography

Solomon__™s paintings are reflections of the stories, thoughts, and ideas that he wants to express about himself, his culture, and the human condition. He believes sharing these concepts will help connect people with their own feelings and with the humanness we all share, in some small way bringing the world community closer in touch with one another.

He was born in the middle of the ___Mercato___, the local market place, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ambiance of his local has been an inspiration. The hue of the dust and dirt littering the streets, the color of the rusty roofs and shanty houses, the actions of the beggars and the drunkards, the shoe-shiners, and the street vendors all held a unique beauty for him, and to this day continue to influence his painting.

Church iconographers also mesmerized him. When he saw them paint on the church walls, he was moved by their artistry. This experience stirred him to interpret Saints__™ images on sheets of paper. Children in his neighborhood, ___Kolfe___, were attracted by these drawings, which he soon developed into postcards. For ___Enkutatash," Ethiopian New Year, the kids preferred his drawings over others, creating a need for mass production so that they could buy them to give as special gifts.

He later joined the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design. While there, he learned to develop his talented use of color and design to produce images with creative composition.

Since graduation in 2001, he helped establish Saron Art Studio in Addis Ababa and has continued to explore his perceptions of everyday life. He has shared these concepts both in Ethiopia and abroad, exhibiting his work in Africa, Europe, and the United States. Through these exhibitions, Solomon has built a reputation as a talented artist in the art world of Ethiopia.

However, his dream as an artist is also to become globally recognized. In 2005, he moved to the United States in order to expand his opportunities for reaching this aspiration. Scenes and figures seen in the Eastern regions of Ethiopia as well as the urban settings of Addis Ababa heavily influence his artwork.

___Currently, he is an MFA student at Howard University.

His collections can be found in the Vatican Embassy, Addis Ababa; Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design; Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Arthur Rimbaud Museum, Harar, Ethiopia; Alliance Francaise in Djibouti and Sudan.

Address

Address:
8209 Fenton Street # 2
City:
silver spring
State/Province:
md
Postal Code:
20910
Phone Number:
2403834966
Fax Number:
18664320639

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