Wendimagegn Belete

Born 1986, Ethiopia. He lives and works in Ethiopia and Norway. Belete completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, AAU Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, ET (2009- 2012). He then furthered his studies with an MA in Contemporary Art, Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing, Norway (2016 - 2017). Belete’s works are greatly informed by Ethiopian narratives, identity, and history. The visuals in his paintings contain an encyclopaedic range of information taken from archival photos, texts, stories, video frames, and his own experiences/visual documentation. He’s also fascinated by the idea of the epigenetic inheritance, this idea of a memory that transfers over generations. His paintings also respond to the idea of collision of cultures in his personal experience. Belete has taken part in numerous solo exhibitions like Frozen Memories, Østfold Kunstsenter, Fredrikstad/ NO (2018); “Are We There Yet?”, GALLERY SNERK, Tromsø Academy of contemporary Art, NO (2017); ‘UNVEIL’, Tromsø Academy of contemporary Art, NO (2016); and NOSTALGIA, LeLa contemporary Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, ET (2015). Other selected group exhibitions are This man is your friend, RAM Gallery, NO (2019); Digital Africa Cameroonian photography and video art, Cameron (2019); Et maleri er et dikt uten ord, Akershus kunstsenter, NO (2019); LNM's 50th anniversary, kunstnerneshus, NO (2018); Høstutstillingen/autumnexhibition, kunstnerneshus, NO (2018); Young Invited, Gallery, LNM, NO (2018); The Process– Space, festival and exhibition, Russe, Bulgaria (2018); and Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF), Mondo, Represent Mondo, NO (2017). Belete will have a solo show at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery London in November 2019). Belete will have a group show at 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, Morocco (2020). Belete's work is in the private collection of Easton Capital/ John Friedman Collection (USA) and Beth Rudy de Woody Collection (USA).