Tadesse Mesfin’s recent works are contemporary interpretations of female figures in columnar arrangements, influenced by ancient Egyptian sculptures and mythological drawings, infused with local colours. These sculptural arrangements celebrate the women who work as small-holder vendors in street markets around Ethiopia. Mesfin’s works are minimal, with the women being the sole inhabitants of the canvas. There is a rhythm, a playfulness, between them, their neutral expressions welcoming interaction with the viewer.
Tadesse Mesfin attended the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design and later spent thirty-three years teaching at the Alle School of Fine Art, where he has influenced a generation of painters including, Addis Gezehagn, Dawit Abebe, and Ermias Kifleyesus. Recent solo exhibitions include In Search of Rhythm, Alliance Ethio-Française, Addis Ababa (2014) and Continuity and Change: Three Generations of Ethiopian Artists, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida. Gainesville (2007).