A painting exhibition entitled Adbar by artist Mezgebu Tessema
was opened on Monday at the Alliance Ethio-Francaise Gallery
and will remain open for all art lovers until 22 November.
Described by many as a realist, Artist Mezgebu Tessema deals with the subject of an Ethiopian religious tradition called Adbar and creates a world of mysticism in his
exhibition that featured 18 of his
art works.Adbar is believed and worshipped in many parts of Ethiopia as local spirit that protects the society, each individual houses, villages, regions, and the country in general.
preoccupation with Adbar and what it means to him personally, Mezgebu
said, "My works are stimulated by endless space, which exists in my childhood memories.These memories always suggest me the dreams of flight, the world of adventure, and enormous variety of fantasy.For instance, when I was a child, I used to think of Adbar as a spiritual power that looks like a beloved country girl that protects our people, the village and the country from evil spirit.It still has a space in my mind as a symbol of the place where I grew and live.My series of paintings on Adbar are driven by these memories I have."Born in Shoa, in 1960, Mezgebu graduated from the Fine Arts School 1981 and went to Leningrad Repin Academy of Painting where he obtained his Master's degree in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Since his return to Ethiopia in 1989, he had worked as an art mentor at the Fine Arts school.He is now living and working in Addis Ababa as a lecturer at the Fin Arts College and as a studio artist. Mezgebu Tessema is also a founding member of the Dimension Group, established in 1994 as an "eclectic group of artists which may symbolize a new Ethiopian Society, open to external influence..." Mezgebu
has exhibited his
realistic paintings in Russia (1984 and 1986), in Beijing, China (1998), and in Hanover in Germany (2000) and at different galleries in Addis Ababa, including the National Museum, Alliance Ethio-Francaise, the Asni Gallery, the College of Fine Arts & Design and ECA