Mesfin’s works are usually fairly large and frequently feature rather abstract rural scenes.
Mesfin graduated with Great Distinction from the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design of Addis Ababa University in 1972. Following his work as a stage and costume designer for the National Theatre from 1973 to 1977, Mesfin continued his higher studies and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting with Honors from the Repin St. Petersburg Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1984.
Mesfin won the Mid-American Arts Alliance (MAAA) prestigious Fellowship to the United States in 1998, and he was awarded the Ethiopian Fine Arts & Mass Media Prize for Painting the following year. His work has been covered by numerous national magazines and newspapers, and he is considered to be at the forefront of Ethiopian Art.
Mesfin’s work has been displayed in solo exhibitions and in many group exhibitions all over the world. His work has been showcased throughout Ethiopia and globally to include China, former Czechoslovakia, Djibouti, France, Nigeria, Russia, Tunisia and the United States.
St. George Gallery has exhibited Tadesse Mesfin’s work since 2000.