Seyoum was born in 1968 in Addis Ababa. He graduated from Addis Ababa School of Fine Art and Design and currently works as a full-time studio artist. He holds a number of positions including teaching art and being a design artist for a clothing factory. He also works as an art restorer in Lalibela. The time he spent in the town of Lalibel has had some influence on his work. However, as he puts it, “the calling” (Tebita, Nov.-Dec. 2009) for him to become a full-time studio artist was much stronger. Ever since he stopped doing other professions besides being an artist, he has committed himself as a full-time studio artist. He spends most of his time in Addis Ababa painting in his studio and planning future exhibitions. “An artist should live as an artist,” was what he said when he was interviewed for the Nov.-Dec. 2009 issue of the local Addis Ababa magazine, Tebita. He participates in a number of shows every year. His works were inspired by the energy in light and social life. Currently Seyoum takes responsibility and leadership in the Ethiopian Art Movement. Among a number of responsibilities, he served as the president of the Ethiopian Painters and sculptors Association.