Dawit Abebe

About Me

Born and raised in Addis Ababa, my passion for art started as a child. Ever since, I have been a part of the professional art scene for over 12 years. From the social issues I raise through my art to the cross-medium experiments I have been engaging in, my work had been showcased in numerous venues and locations across the globe, including: Trade Roots, Kirstin Hjellegerde, London; Cutlog Art Fair, Paris; Al Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai; East Africa Art Biennale, Tanzania; and the East African Encounters by Circle Art, in Nairobi. Moreover, my work is part of the permanent collection at Saatchi art gallery of London where I also held a feature exhibition.

My Inspirations

My inspirations come from the stories, fleeting moments, social, political and human-technology interactions – be them constructive or destructive – which, in turn I reflect on in my art by posing them as questions. A sort of social criticism, if you will, my senses and artist’s instincts are drawn to that which I can experiment with, and then process into works of art that I hope will draw questions in myself, as well as society in general.



2015 Background 2, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

2014 Background 1, Lela Gallery, Addis Ababa

2012 X-Privacy, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa

2010 Dawit Collection, Alliance Ethio-Française, Dire Dawa

2009 Pin Codes, Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa

2006 Green Women, Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa


2015 START Art Fair, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London

2015 Visibles/Invisibles: L’Afrique Urbaine et ses Marges, Fondation Blachere, Apt

2015 Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town

2015 Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London

2014 Habesha Collection, National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

2014 Sound of Changes, Ethiopian Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa

2014 East Africa Encounters, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi

2014 Circle Art Agency Auction, Nairobi

2014 Silversea Cross-Ship, touring exhibition

2014 Trade Roots, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

2013 Art of Ethiopia, Sheraton, Addis Ababa

2013 Cutlog Art Fair, Paris

2010 Alliances en résonance, Paris

2010 Group Show, Saint-Sauveur

2010 Al Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai

2009 East Africa Art Biennale, Tanzania

2008 Langano 2, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa

2008 Langano 1, French Embassy, Addis Ababa

2007 Habesha Art Show, Lela Gallery, Addis Ababa

2007 Group Exhibition, Alle School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa

2007 Group Exhibition, Residence of First Secretary of USA Embassy, Addis Ababa

2007 Speak Africa, UNICEF, Addis Ababa

2007 Zero Gravity, LELA Art Gallery, Addis Ababa

2007 Engineering Tomorrow, Addis Ababa Faculty of Technology, Addis Ababa

2005 Ethiopia Remix, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa

2005 Group Exhibition, American Community School, Addis Ababa

2004 Group Exhibition, Addis Art Gallery, Los Angeles

2004 Friendship, Saron Studio, Addis Ababa

2004 Photography Exhibition, German School, Addis Ababa

2004 Habesha, Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa

2003 Body Corps, Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa

2002 Group Exhibition, Habesha Art Studio, Addis Ababa

2002 Group Exhibition, Habesha Art Studio, Addis Ababa

2001 Group Exhibition, Residence of First Secretary of Spain Embassy, Addis Ababa

2001 Group Exhibition, University School of Fine Art and Design, Addis Ababa

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