Monday, February 27, 2017

Sketches of a trip 2016/17. Asmara: Segen Eritrean Artists Group

At the invitation of Berhane Adonai, the renowned Eritrean artist, I visited Segen Eritrean Artist Group: a de facto art school in Asmara, Eritrea. The day I visited the school, Berhane Adonai was teaching the upcoming young Eritrean artists, the concept of color. The young students varied in ages between 12- 15. I had seen some of the students a day earlier at Professor La Duke's lecture.

Segen  is created as a space for young talented Eritrean artists to grow. The artwork of the teachers and the school can be seen throughout  Eritrea, on buses, billboards, posters, postcards and etc.

Below, I am happy to present samples of the work produced by Segen Eritrean Artists Group.

Below: class learning "the concept of color

Samples of the work of artists at Segen Eritrean Artists Group.


Various health and social educational advertisements

Special presentations to Segen Eritrean Artists Group by the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW).

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sketches of a trip. December 2016 - January 2017. Introducing Biniam Tekle.

In this post, I would like to introduce you to Biniam Tekle, a very gifted young Eritrean artist.

Part of his art is posted below. Included are some examples of his various art exhibits in Eritrea.

I am impressed with the growing number of artists (fine arts, film, music and etc.) in Eritrea.

In order for the arts to go to the next level, accommodate the interest, be sustainable, harness the talent and be centralized, the establishment of a school of fine arts, a film school,and a school of music is of great importance. Graduates from these schools would be highly disciplined, highly knowledgeable critics, and be armed with ethics. Since artists are at the forefront of Eritrea's soft power, an active role of the diaspora (financial, teaching, technical and etc.) should be solicited.

Biniam is also a sculptor.
 From Biniam's previous works: