Ephrem Solomon, 'Folk Memory Series (5)', 2015, Woodcut plate and mixed media, 40 x 40 cm, Courtesy of Circle Art Gallery
Ephrem Solomon, 'Folk Memory Series (5)', 2015, Woodcut plate and mixed media, 40 x 40 cm, Courtesy of Circle Art Gallery 

Ephrem Solomon creates inquisitive works using wood cut panels and mixed media based on his socio-political observations of contemporary Addis Ababa. Trained in traditional printmaking, Solomon uses the carved marks to make constructed portraits informed by the people who inhabit the spaces around him, creating figures that can be recognised, but are also invisible in society. ‘They can be me or you. They are anyone’ he says.

Solomon graduated with a diploma in Fine Art and Graphic Design from Entoto Art School in Addis Ababa. In 2014 he had his first solo exhibition in the UK at Tiwani Contemporary, London. Group exhibitions include Pangaea II: New art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London (2015); and Contemporary African Art and its Caricature, Japan (2012). Solomon’s work is featured in private collections in Dubai, UAE, Kenya, South Africa, and the UK.