The template of Ethiopian Art is perpetuated through the passion and desire together with the artistic prowess of Fikru Gebre Mariam from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who takes you into a world of cultural influences that light up your body with the veracity of truth held within the nature of humanity.
This resident EDGIC Artist knows the value of culture and heritage and is driven to pursue subjects that light up the world with awareness of everyday events that reach into the hearts of people globally.
Fikru was inspired to pursue his artistic career after winning an award at age 13 at the International Children’s Painting exhibition in Beijing.
This led to formal studies at the Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts.
His curious nature to explore opened his life to experiencing realities in Paris to USA, however his deep cultural roots guided him home to Addis Ababa where the University of Fikru Gebre Mariam schooled him in the discipline of OWNing the inner wealth of his heritage.
The graphic theme of Fikru Gebre Mariam art, which he has totally embraced, is a genre of Contemporary Ethiopian painting representing a motif of Ethiopian women engaged in daily tasks.
The sensitivity of his nature allows him to engage with the energies of any subject at hand as his paintbrushes engage with his canvas to portray the powerful magic that his land represents.
The epiphany’s that happen through his process guide and inspire this great artist to explore variables within his culture for the world to unify and harmonise with his country of birth.
His home is a canvass of his creation and Fikru proudly observes that this environment is an extension of his art, thereby satisfying his creative urges in an ambience designed to develop and continually challenge himself to sustain the living heritage that fires his every moment.
International acclaim has followed Fikru Gebre Mariam over the years, yet his humility is ever present as he acknowledges the power of preserving his art for generations of his people to follow the integrity of standing tall in the very nature of their homeland.
EDGIC Artist: Fikru Gebremariam
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