Behailu Bezabih (Ethiopian, born 1960)
Untitled, circa 2002
Signed ‘BEHAIIU’ (verso)
Acrylic on canvas
51.3 x 50.5 cm
Ksh 100,000 – 180,000
(US$) 1,100 – 1,900
Provenance: Private collection

Sold Ksh 228,930

Since graduating from Addis Ababa University’s School of Fine Arts in 1980, Bezabih has worked as an art teacher and become an advocate and provocateur for pushing a more contemporary approach to art in the Ethiopian capital. His paintings reflect this drive for experimentation in their spontaneity and loose brushwork.

Bezibah has travelled widely, winning scholarships for artist residencies in the USA, France, Ireland, Germany, South Africa and he has exhibited at the International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid and at the Harn Museum of Art in Florida as well as having solo shows in Ethiopia and Germany. He is currently lecturing on new media studies at the Addis Ababa School of Fine Art, Ethiopia.