Guest artist Emanuel Tegene was invited bij Tamar Rozenblat Goiati to stay at AIR Open Ateliers Zuidoost from January through February 2017. During this time Emanuel shows work in the group exhibition “While Meditating on War” at CBK Zuidoost (January 19 until March 11), and at the WTC The Hague Art Gallery (8 December 2016 untill January 23 2017). Emanuel also made new work during his stay and held an Open Night at AIR OAZO together with artist and curator Tamar Rozenblat and art critic Rob Perree in which the talked about his work and art practice in Addis Ababa.
Emanuel, who was born and raised in Addis Ababa, loved playing football as a child. Winning the second prize for children in an art competition that was organized in Japan significantly impacted his artistic career. For Tegene, since an artist whom he considered better got only the third prize, the second prize, “was a surprise.” As a teenager, Tegene visited museums and art galleries. In 2008, he joined the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Art and Design. However, before he completed his studies, he immigrated to Israel to join his father who was living in Jerusalem. After two years of working a day job and painting, he moved back to Ethiopia to live with his wife and son. Currently, Tegene lives and works as a full-time studio artist in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where has been actively participating in major art events. To name a few, Tegene’s works have appeared at the National Museum of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Studies Museum, and major galleries and art fairs in Addis Ababa. In 2015 his first international individual exhibition was held in Tobya Art Galley in Seattle, United States followed by a group-show at Havremagasinet Gallery in, Boden, Sweden.