Ephrem Solomon, ‘Birth and Death series 18’, 2017, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery

About Ephrem Solomon

Ephrem Solomon draws on woodcutting’s history as a medium tied to 20th-century politics. His works feature figures or objects—often domestic ones such as empty chairs—rendered in solid fields of color and employed as allegories for contemporary life in Ethiopia. Solomon tends to depict these subjects in isolation to suggest the feeling of alienation. Although the images have a timeless quality, he collages scraps of newspaper to the prints to inject them with markers of contemporary life. “My works portrays the distance between what the governed people need and want and what the response is from the governors,” the artist has said. “I have tried to picture, as precisely as possible, the actual and innocent feeling of the governed.”

Ethiopian, b. 1983, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Solo Shows

2014
London,
Ephrem Solomon | Untitled Life

Fair History on Artsy

2018
Circle Art Agency at Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2018
2016
Circle Art Agency at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2016
2015
Circle Art Agency at Art15 London