Tizta Berhanu: Living Portraits
Tobya Art Gallery is pleased to present artist Tizta Berhanu from Ethiopia. Tizta was born in 1991 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After studying drawing and painting at the Enlightenment Art Academy for two years(2007-2008), Tizta further her study in arts by attending and the Ale School of Fine Art and Design at the Addis Ababa University and earning a BFA in painting(2013).
Tizta is one of the emerging artists in the Ethiopian contemporary art scene. She actively participated in a number of art projects including three mosaic public art projects in three major Ethiopian cities- Addis Ababa, Hawassa, and Bhar Dar. In addition to these, she participated in the local art shows including the National Gallery of Ethiopia and major galleries in Addis Ababa. Tizita was part of the Cutlog Art Fair- Paris(2013), Addis Art Fair- Addis Ababa (2014), and That Art Fair- Cape Town ( 2016).
Tizta has a unique style that makes her works standout. The lose marks and bold and lively brush strokes are the visual words that expresses Tizta’s Living Portraits, which often are “imagined subjects”. In some instances Tizta have models sitting for her and reflect on “visceral and cognitive manifestations”. Tizta is inspired by emotions of hate, love, sadness, happiness, fear, and amazement.
Tizta Brhanu: Living Portraits is composed twenty two small to mid sized portrait paintings. Tobya Art Gallery invited Tizta to attend the opening of her first solo-exhibition abroad its preparation lasted for over a year. However, after she applied for visa the US Consulate in Addis Ababa denied her application. We hope you will make it to the opening and see her works.