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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 contemporary Ethiopian-born artist to use the script forms – fiedel – of his native Amharic as a core element in his paintings and sculptures.

Museums that have 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. He exhibits recent works in select galleries, and his paintings are included in many international private and corporate collections.

Wosene lives and has his studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

EDUCATION

1980 MFA, painting and drawing, Howard University, Washington, DC; Ford Foundation Talent Scholar
1972 BFA, painting, drawing, design, School of Fine Arts, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Graduated with distinction
1972 - present Professional studio artist: painting and sculpture
2000 - 2001 Artist-in-residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
1996 Artist-in-residence, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy
1984 Artist-in-residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
2005 - 2001 Stone Carving classes, San Francisco, CA


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Gallery of Fine Art (GAFRA), London, UK Hoshigaoka Gallery, Kochi, Japan
2014 The Loft Galeria, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Majlis Gallery, Dubai, UAE Terra Firma Gallery, Sonoma, CA
2013 Gallery of African Art, London, UK
2012 Skoto Gallery, New York, NY Hoshigaoka Gallery, Kochi, Japan
2011 Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (Exhibition from the collection of Paul Herzog and Jolene Tritt) Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa (Exhibition of paintings and sculptures)
2009 Skoto Gallery, New York, NY Madelyn Jordon Fine Arts, Scarsdale, NY
2008 Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA Contemporary African Arts, New York, NY
2007 Addis Art, Los Angeles, CA Guilford College Gallery of Art, Greensboro, NC
2006 Mexican Heritage Museum, San Jose, CA Skoto Gallery, New York, NY
2005 St. George Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2004 The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ Skoto Gallery, New York, NY Hoshigaoka Gallery, Kochi, Japan
2003 Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY Galeria Botello, San Juan, PR
2002 Skoto Gallery, New York, NY Hoshigaoka Gallery, Kochi, Japan Museum of Antigua/Barbuda, St. Johns, Antigua, West Indies
2001 Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, CA Folkens Museum, Etnografiska, Stockholm, Sweden
2000 Parish Gallery, Washington, DC
1999 Spirits in Stone Gallery, Sausalito, CA
1997 Hoshigaoka Gallery, Kochi, Japan
1996 St. George Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
1995 Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994 Parish Gallery, Washington, DC
1993 Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
1991 Woodstock Gallery, Woodstock, VT
1990 Cottonbrook Gallery, Stowe, VT
1988 The World Bank, Washington, DC AVA Gallery, Hanover, VT
1987 Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1986 United Nations, New York, NY
1984 Albert Gordon Art Gallery, New York, NY
1980 Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1974 Belvedere Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


SELECTED EXHIBITION REVIEWS IN:
The New York Times
Washington Post
San Francisco Chronicle
Winston-Salem Journal
Philadelphia Tribune
San Jose Mercury News
El Nuevo Dia (San Juan, PR)
African Arts
ArtWeek Magazine