Thomaz is now somewhere unreachable in the rural heart land of Ethiopia. He loves the countryside there, with its cylindrical huts and friendly people. I look forward to hearing more of his impressions on his return. Much of the art included in this post is from the northern regions of the country.
Most of the art I have come across from Ethiopia is of a Christian nature, though a third of the population is Muslim. The majority of the old paintings shown here are murals from the walls and ceilings of churches and monasteries. I find them so characterful and expressive, even the horse below looks like he has a personality.
From a Lake Tana Monastery
Getahun Assefa Balcha, Azmari of Arada
Balcha is a sought after contemporary Ethiopian artist (at least according to one website!) The above painting is my favourite of his, partly because the woman’s face is so beautiful and the composition so bold.
Getahun Assefa Balcha, Women with Flowers
Getahun Assefa Balcha, Arada with Bati
Photograph by Aida Muluneh
Aida Muluneh is a well-renowned Ethiopian photographer, who depicts the joys and sorrows faced by the people of her country. Her images are quite journalistic in style.