Fitsum Berhe Woldelibanos (Ethiopian, born1979)
Read me or not, 2012

signed ‘Fitsum Berhe Woldelibanos’ (below)
acrylic on canvas
140 x 140cm
Ksh 220,000–300,000
US$ 2,500–3,410
Sold Ksh 645,700

Provenance: Direct from artist

Fitsum was born in Ethiopia and graduated from the Asmara School of Arts in 2000 after taking courses in painting, sculpture and print making. He has lived in Kenya for the last 15 years. Frequently playing with stereotypes of the exoticised black male, his vibrant, gestural paintings have gathered an enthusiastic international following. His work has been exhibited extensively in Kenya, South Africa and Europe including Austria, Sweden and most recently in France.