Tizta Berhanu Ethiopian, b. 1991

Tizta Berhanu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1991 where she has lived and worked her entire life. She graduated in 2013 from the Addis Ababa University, Ale School of Fine Arts and Design where she studied the tutelage under legendary modernist artists Tadesse Mesfin.  


Since her graduation, she has been working as a full-time studio artist, experimenting and searching for new ways to find her unique voice through her favoured medium, painting. Her main inspiration is human emotion in all its facets, portraying her subjects expressing love, hate, sadness and loneliness. Capturing the true emotion underneath the surface of their skin, her paintings are often ambiguous, painted with broad confident brush strokes in deep intense colours. Blues, purples and deep-sea greens, dominate the canvasses creating an atmosphere wherein the viewer comes voyeuristically close to the emotions of the portrayed.