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Abel Tilahun

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Abel Tilahun (born 1983) is an international artist who works across traditional and emerging art forms. At the heart of his work is a concern for both the cutting edge and the long arc of history.


Early life and education

Tilahun was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1983 and grew up in an artistic environment. His mother is a professionally trained clarinetist and his father is an engineer who enjoys painting. He earned his BFA in Sculpture from Addis Ababa University, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in 2006. After moving to the United States, he earned his master's degree in Fine Art from Adams State University in 2010 and was recognized as the Cloyde Snook Scholar of 2009–10.


Since his first solo show in 2007, "The Blueprint," Tilahun has exhibited his work on three continents. He has held 2 subsequent solo shows, the most recent of which, "Interface Effect," was held from May–June 2014 in the Alliance Ethio-Francaise in Addis Ababa. This show, as well as a number of group exhibitions in which Tilahun has participated, was curated by renowned independent curator Meskerem Assegued. Tilahun's work is also featured within the three-artist video art exhibition "Curvature of Events," which was curated by Assegued in Dresden's celebrated New Master's Gallery at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (English: Dresden state art Collections). This show opened on 16 October 2014 and will be on display until 4 January 2015.

2014 Interface Effect

Curated by Meskerem Assegued

Alliance Ethio-Francaise

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2010 A Generation Projected

Cloyde Snook Gallery

Alamosa, Colorado, USA

2007 The Blueprint

Alliance Ethio-Francaise

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


2014 Curvature of Events

Curated by Meskerem Assegued

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Dresden, Germany

2013 Heart-to-Heart: Rome to AddIs

Curated by Meskerem Assegued

National Theatre Gallery

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2009 Three on Paper

Lloyds Gallery

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

2009 Works from the Valley's Edge

Edge Gallery

Denver, Colorado, USA

2009 Invitational Screening of The Hair

Indie Spirit Film Festival

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

2008 Ventero Open Press Exhibition

Cloyde Snook Gallery

Alamosa, Colorado, USA

2008 Milkshake

Hatfield Gallery

Alamosa, Colorado

2008 Screening of The Hair

Alamosa Film Festival

Alamosa, Colorado

2005 Addis Abeba Zare

Curated by Meskerem Assegued

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Personal life

Alongside his studio practice in Washington, D.C. and Addis Ababa, Tilahun also teaches at American University in Washington D.C. as an adjunct professor of digital imaging, motion graphics, and animation. Tilahun married scholar-filmmaker Isabelle Zaugg in 2007 and is the father of three children.


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