Tizta Berhanu lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
She spent her formative years studying at Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, During this period, Tizta was taught by influential Ethiopian modernist figurative painters such as Tadesse Mesfin.
The figures in her work often express an array of sentiments: some comfort and embrace one another, whilst others are found isolated and searching in the backdrop of the enigmatic surfaces. Her paintings are awash with primary colours that flow across her canvases, applied using heavy brush strokes. By portraying her subjects expressing love, hate, sadness, and loneliness, the observer is invited into moments of vulnerability and intimacy.
From the Artist’s Studio
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In 2016, Rakeb Sile and Mesai Haileleul co-founded Addis Fine Art, creating the first white-cube gallery space for modern and contemporary art in Ethiopia. Described as one of the "Most Important Young Galleries in the World" (Artsy 2019), the gallery has since then grown to become one of the leading galleries in Africa, establishing a prominent international platform for artists from the Horn of Africa.
In October 2021, the gallery moved into an expanded premises in London, a two-storey gallery space in the heart of Fitzrovia. The London gallery programme encapsulates Addis Fine Art’s commitment to heightened international exposure for, and critical reappraisal of, African art on the world stage.