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Fendika Art Opening: Merid Tafesse and Dereje Shiferaw
August 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fendika Cultural Center through its virtual platform, Fendika Live, will host a virtual art exhibition on 02 August 2020. The virtual event will feature Merid Tafesse and Dereje Shiferaw.
About the Artists
Prince Merid Tafesse
Prince Merid, a prominent Ethiopian fine artist, a direct descendant of the Imperial House of Solomon and Sheba, is widely known as the King of Charcoal for his deep sometimes disturbing, provocative, and unrepentant art. He has exhibited in ATL’s MLK Center; Dubai’s Bastakiya Art Fair; Miami’s Wynwood Art District; NYC’s Damon Dash DD172; Johannesburg’s Greatmore Art and Paris’ Alliance Ethio-française Selected Drawings Group Show amongst other shows. Commissions for Coca Cola, Embassy of Portugal, and Red Terror Martyr’s Museum; selected works in collections of noteworthy individuals and institutions, namely MOMA, National Museum of Ethiopia, US Embassy in Ethiopia, U.N.OHCHR and Dr. Rita Marley are just the start. The international artist’s home and the epicenter of his creativity is in Kazanches, the heart of Addis Abeba, the diplomatic capital of Africa. Together with wife his wife and business partner, Creative Consultant, Curator, and author, Dr. Desta Meghoo, they founded DYMDC Children’s Art Village in ‘05 for homeless and vulnerable youth. Merid says, “Art opens eyes and heals…”
Dereje Shiferaw Worku
Dereje is a self-taught artist from Ethiopia.
His work is not to reproduce what the eye sees, but to capture his own deepest feelings about a subject and to express with twisted lines, forms, and color. Texture and shape are at the core of his paintings.
Dereje Shiferaw is interested in depicting compelling figurative portraits from different generations. His work is a vibrant volume of visual questions on humanity filled with powerful portraits of the black man floating in colorful naïve cosmos. The tribal-like environ painted with a free light-handed flow, is well suited to his selected medium of watercolor mixed medium and innovative treatments which he uses to paint full powerful portraits, probing insects, and all aspects of nature.
Dereje’s work compels the viewer to become physically and emotionally invested in the subject’s story. His painting helps create an intriguing dialogue between the subject and the viewer. His point of focus in the eye, nose, mouth, and hands which is where our emotions are best portrayed. This is Dereje’s 1+1=3…………..philosophy, in recognition of a higher power always present amongst and with us.
Dereje translates these visions through his signature watercolor and mixed media on paper.