Ephrem Solomon (B. 1983, Ethiopia) presents socio-political works using woodcut and mixed media. In this way, through his artworks, Solomon explores nature, the effects of climate change, the human condition and the cycle of long-term transformations that occur as time passes. Solomon presents his observations through symbolism and use of archival material, which provide personal and political narratives beyond his locale.
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).
Group exhibitions 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).
Highlights and Collections
In 2018, Ephrem Solomon was nominated for the Queen Sonja Print Award. His works are held in important private and public 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.