Nebiyu Assefa is a self-taught painter whose style utilizes vibrant primary colors, distinct outlines, and a flat representation of objects and figures, as in the local style. He is well known for his artistic contributions in Ethiopia and his works have been displayed in places like the African Union, the Goethe Institute, and used in the Ethiopian Airlines Yearly Calendar of 2004. Nebiyu was also the co-author and illustrator for the book, Coffee, published in 2007. In the last three years, Nebiyu has contributed three of his works to local exhibitions around the Seattle area. These works, Market I, Market II and Guzo(Journey) not only contain cultural Ethiopian motifs that reflect the day-to-day experience of Ethiopian social life, but the traditional style as well. He clearly draws his style from traditional Ethiopian approaches in his distinct use of line and two-dimensional representation of objects. However, the lowered horizon line, and the atmospheric and spatial perspectives demonstrate how he is influenced by the non-traditional style.