Born in 1950 in the Arat Kilo district of Addis Ababa, Wosene Worke Kosrof is a contemporary fine artist who has achieved international acclaim. Formally trained at the Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts, he completed a BFA with distinction in 1972. Then, as a Ford Foundation Talent Scholar, he was awarded an MFA in 1980 from Howard University in Washington, DC.
Over the past four decades, Wosene (his professional name) has created an internationally recognized artistic signature in his work by being the first Ethiopian-born contemporary US American artist to use the script forms – fiedel – of his native Amharic as a core element in his paintings and sculptures.
Museums with his works in their permanent collections include the National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa; Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (DC); The Newark Museum (NJ); Neuberger Museum (NY); Indianapolis Museum of Art (IN); Birmingham Museum of Art (AL); Fowler Museum of UCLA (CA); Samuel Harn Museum (FL); Krannert Art Museum, (IL): Fleming Museum (VT), the Völkerkunde Museum, Switzerland. My Liberty, 2016 was acquired in 2017 by the Virginia Museum of Fine Art.
Wosene lives and has his studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.