Inspired by nature and natural forms as well as things that capture his imagination, Tesfaye Bekele takes these influences and transfers them into his work, through which he communicates with his audiences. Most of his paintings may not be definitive in their form or content rather built on abstract forms, events and objects, but nonetheless convey wonder and mystery.
Born in 1982, Bekele grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during a shifting cultural and political landscape in the country. As a young child he began drawing art out of interest as a way to document the images in his community. In 2007 he attended the Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Art(s) in Art Education.
Bekele participated in the Addis Photo Fest (2010), which was organized as part of an exchange program between German and Ethiopian students in Berlin and Addis. He also exhibited a group show in the Atelier Art Gallery. In 2011 he won the Fana Wogi Award, which the Gebre Kristos Desta Museum of Modern Art honors one of the seven Fana Wogi finalists whose work is found to be particularly outstanding in terms of originality and its creative implementation. He participated in the Art of Ethiopia 2011.
Bekele’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Addis Ababa and internationally. St. George Gallery has exhibited Tesfaye Bekele’s work since 2013.