Ethiopia Continued…

Birds of Peace at the Abba Garima Monastery

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

Church of Abune Yemata, 15th Century, Gheralta Mountains

Tigray Province, Church of Johannes Maequddi

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.

Aida Muluneh

Aida Muluneh



Semien Mountains

Tisisat Falls

Blue Nile Falls

Addis Ababa

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~ by laxshmirose on August 4, 2010.

4 Responses to “Ethiopia Continued…”


  2. Art Business’ Art critic and Appraisier Alan Bermberger , in an article titled Azmari of Arada attests that “Getahun’s considerable achievements have already positioned him among the most acclaimed of living East African Artists. The eternal permanence of his grand and glorious public monuments coupled with the vision and inspiration of his paintings has put him on a legendary path. Getahun Assefa Balcha’s story is one that is only beginning to unfold, and his contributions to African Art are certain to be appreciated for many generations to come”.

    The above critical nod coupled by the fact that Getahunes work sells out – at the asking price – even before exibitions open (Reference his recent successes at the sheraton in addis ababa) is testament to his collectability.

  3. thats cool but sad for those families out there

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