Ephrem Solomon

Born in 1983 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ephrem Solomon observes his environment and presents socio-political works using woodcut and mixed media. Informing his work are views of nature, the city and the people that inhabit the spaces around him, as does a fictional world that exists beyond the present - a reality that is free from the limitations of anecdotal recordings of experience. Solomon presents his observations through symbolism and use of archival material, which provide personal and political narratives beyond his locale. In exploring nature, the effects of climate change, the human condition and the cycle of long-term transformations that occur as time passes, he conceptualises the cosmos as ‘the origin of the universe and the meaning of human life in the vastness of space,’, at a time when notions of societal freedom, race, multiculturalism and nationhood are continuously being called into question. Many of his works remain untitled, allowing viewers to identify themselves and those around them. Solomon has exhibited internationally, including shows in Ethiopia, Kenya, Germany, Dubai, Croatia, Australia and the UK. Recent solo exhibitions include Recycle, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2019), Silence, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2018), Yarrow Gallery, Oundle, Peterborough (2018), LIFE VS TIME, Kristin Hjellegjerde, London (2016). Most recent group shows include Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway (2019), Free Radicals, CBZ Zuidoost, Amsterdam (2019), 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, London (2018), NGV Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2017-18), VOLTA13, Basel (2017), A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town (2017), What about Africa?, Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Amsterdam (2016). In 2018, Solomon was nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award. His works are held in private collections in Dubai, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and the UK, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, Royal Ontario Museum, Saatchi Collection, Beth Rudin Dewoody Collection, Easton Capital/John Friedman Collection, Cuperior Collection/ Oliver Elst, Rift Collection, Ledge Collection, Start/ Tiroche Deleon Collection, Newark Museum and The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.