Wosene Worke Kosrof, 'Play of the Poet', 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 61 cm, Courtesy of Addis Fine Art
Wosene Worke Kosrof, 'Play of the Poet', 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 61 cm, Courtesy of Addis Fine Art  

Over the past four decades, Wosene Worke Kosrof has created an internationally recognised artistic signature by being the first Ethiopian-born contemporary American artist to use the script forms – fiedel – of his native Amharic as a core element in his paintings and sculptures. Kosrof was formally trained at the Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts and completed a BFA with distinction in 1972. Then, as a Ford Foundation Talent Scholar, he was awarded an MFA in 1980 from Howard University in Washington, DC.

Kosrof’s works are featured in a number of American permanent museum collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC; The Newark Museum, New Jersey; Neuberger Museum, New York; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama; Fowler Museum of UCLA, California; Samuel Harn Museum, Florida; Krannert Art Museum, Illinois; Fleming Museum, Florida. His works are also included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Ethiopia, Ethiopia; and the Völkerkunde Museum, Switzerland.