The Paul Mahder Gallery Presents: Wosene Kosrof: "My Favorite Things - New and Select Works"

My Favorite Things..."I see them in the leaves of the fig tree in my garden, in the tiny feet of the hummingbird at my window, in the spices I scatter into the foods I prepare. I hear them in the jazz of Coltrane, Miles Davis, Monk, Charlie Parker that plays in my studio as I paint.

The script is my inspiration. From the settings of my daily life, I constantly take in shapes, colors, movements, and rhythms. In short, I'm always at work, even when I'm not in the studio with brush in hand." Wosene Worke Kosrof

Born in 1950 in the Arat Kilo district of Addis Ababa, Wosene Worke Kosrof is a contemporary 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. This recognizable ‘signature’ emerges from the way he elongates, distorts, dissects and reassembles Amharic symbols – not as literal words – but as images that speak for themselves in a visual language accessible to international audiences. Jazz improvisations underlie his compositions, animating them with rhythmic movements and emboldening his masterful use of color.

This exhibit may be enjoyed through August 25th, 2019 during our regular gallery hours of 10am – 6pm Wednesday - Monday.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Mahder, Director
(707) 473-9150