AFC Featured artist: Tamerat Siltan
Tamerat Siltan is a renowned Ethiopian artist who specializes in printmaking. After graduating from Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design, the only place in Addis Ababa with a printing press, Tamerat found himself with talent and passion but no physical place to create his art. Undeterred, Tamerat created his own printing machine out of recycled objects. As a result Tamerat has been focusing in woodcutting and printing in his studio in Addis Ababa. Each of his superlative prints take up to two weeks to finish.
Raised in Ethiopia where black and white images were common on TV and photographs, Tamerat also creates sketches in black and white “to express my feelings, environment, and the values and norms of the society I live in”. He has also studied painting, and his signature style is a unique blend of traditional Ethiopian themes and colors with a modern twist that always feels current and relevant. Tamerat’s works reflect his view that “art is the understanding of every moment according to space, light, and movement, and my works are a reflection of this idea.”
Tamerat’s has exhibited his art at the National Museum of Ethiopia, Entoto TVET art exhibition, Asni Art Gallery, Laphto Art Gallery, and other local art shows, and his art has been internationally collected.
Tamerat is a longtime supporter of AFC, and has been contributing art for many years. Besides being one of our most generous artist donors, Tamerat also volunteers as a mentor at the AFC Children’s Home, and as a project leader for ArtHeals, leading groups of artists and volunteers in transforming children’s hospital areas through mural painting.Read More