Tewodros Hagos (b. 1974, Addis Ababa) graduated from Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design in 1995. Today, Hagos is considered to be one of the most promising artists of his generation. His works have been exhibited in Ethiopia, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the US. Hagos’ work is often inspired by contemporary journalistic imagery wherein he explores the many layers of social injustice experienced by migrants. At home in Ethopia, his paintings are witness to the profound transformation and evolution of Ethopia.
Solo exhibitions include (Upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2023) ; Mirage, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2022); The Desperate Journey II, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); The Desperate Journey, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); LeLa gallery, Addis Ababa (2019); LeLa gallery, Addis Ababa (2017); Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa (2016); LeLa Gallery, Addis Ababa (2015); Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Dere Dawa (2014); Ethiopia cultural centre, Los Angeles (2013); Alliance Ethio-Francaise, Addis Ababa (2010); Gallery BEK, Leuven (2007); Gallery KN10, Antwerp (2004); kappelen cultural center, kappelen (2000); Studio am schloos, Berlin (1998); Futuro cultural center, Rome (1998).
Group exhibitions include Untitled Miami Beach, Art Fair, Miami, USA (2022); The Unseen, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2022); Unsettled, Duende Art Projects, Antwerp, Belgium (2022); Young Curators: Melketenner / Milk Teeth, Nitja Centre of Contemporary Art, Lillehammer, Norway (2022); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London (2021); LeLa gallery Addis Ababa (2018); Lela art gallery, Addis abeba (2016); laphto art gallery Addis Ababa (2015); LeLa gallery, Addis Ababa (2014); Atelier Fine Art Gallery, Addis Ababa (2012); Studio am Scholes Berlin (2008); Biblotheek Permeke, Antwerp (2007); Biblotheek Durne, Antwerp (2005).
Highlights and collections. In 2021, Tewodros Hagos received the second prize award from the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture, which followed his award, in 2017, of the prestigious “Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters” from the Culture and Communication Minister of France. Hagos’ works can be found in many public and private collections worldwide, including the Kistefos Museum, Oslo (Norway); Laurent Dumas, Farida et Henri Seydoux Collection (France); Bunker Artspace Museum (USA); Arthur Lewis Collection (USA); Easton Capital Collection (USA); Birchby Collection (USA) and the C.C.H. Pounder Collection (USA); Naimah / Ilham Foundation, (Malaysia).