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Ermias Ekube

Kommun: Västervik
Född: 1970

Ermias Ekube was born in 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he studied at the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design (DFA, 1990). He practiced in his studio and exhibited his works in Addis Ababa until relocating to Eritrea in 1997. There, he taught at the Asmara School of Fine Arts, which he co-founded in 1994, co-produced arts education books, and conducted workshops and mentored young artists. He has participated in several group exhibitions and mounted solo exhibitions in  Africa and Europe. In 2001, he was a resident at an Artist in Residence Program in Trondheim, Norway. In 2012-2013, he resided in Kenya and worked in a communal studio at Kuona Trust, Centre for Visual Arts in Kenya, where he also conducted life drawing workshops. He had number of exhibitions in Nairobi and actively participated in the contemporary Kenyan art scene. Since 2013 he is residing in Sweden and continues working in his studio and mounting his art works in different venues in Sweden and abroad. His main mediums are drawing, acrylic, oil color, and engraving. Sculpture and installations are also occasional preferences.”


Solo Exhibitions:


  • ’Något om ogonen’ café Hantverket, Loftahammar,  july 2016
  • ’Ventar på en tecken’ Lofta Caffè, Västervik,2016
  • ’Glimpse of Time’, Lela Gallery AddisAbaba, Ethiopia,  2015
  • ’Between Times’, Västervik, Sweden, 2015
  • ‘Porträtt Från Min Kappsäck’ , Västervik, Sweden, 2014.
  • Talisman Restaurant, Nairobi, 2013
  • ‘Breath of consciousnss’, Nairobi, Alliance Francaise, 2013.
  • ’Frames of consciousness’, the Gallery, Asmara, 2008.
  • ‘Print exhibition’, Swaziland, 2006.
  • ’Print Exhibition’, Djibouti and Tanzania, Alliance Francaise, 2004.
  • ‘Dreams of consciousness’ Intercontinental Hotel Asmara, 2003
  • ‘Allegory of the Self’ Alliance Francaise, Asmara.Eritrea 2002.
  • ‘Fates of Images’, Aliance Francaise, Asmara, Eritrea, 2001
  • Kunstforeining Gallery. Trondheim. Norway, 2001
  • ‘Anecdotes of Colours’ the British Council. Asmara. Eritrea, 2000
  • European Union, Asmara, 1999.
  • ‘If there is Soul Before Death’, Asmara and Addis Ababa, Alliance Francaise, 1997

Group Exhibitions:

  • ’African Artists for Development’, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, November, 2015
  • ’African Artists for Development’, Ministry of Finance, Paris, December 2015
  • Manjano Art competition Exhibition, Nairobi, 2013
  • Little Art Gallery, Nairobi, 2013
  • Circle Art Gallery,Nairobi, 2013
  • ‘Far & Near’ Duet Exhibiion, Pontasieve and Bergamo, Italy, 2012
  • ‘Engraving from Eritrea’, Paris and Milano, 2004
  • Tour Exhibition, England, 2004


  • Public Sculpture projects, Eritrea 2001, 2012
  • Out door mural, Eritrea, 2012
  • Kiruna Snow Sculpture Competition, 2015 and 2016


  • Västervik Komune, 2014
  • European Commission, Eritrea,
  • Qatar Diar, Eritrea, 2007

Many works in private collections around the world

  • Artist in Residence program, Trondheim, Norway,
  • Nairobi Manjano Award, 2013
  • 1st in  both Jury  and Spectators prizes,  Kiruna Snow Sculpture Competition, 2015.(with Benny Ekman)

1986-1990, AddisAbaba University, School of Fine-arts and Design, majoring in painting.