Dereje is a full time artists at Nubia Visual Art Studio; a studio he co-owns since 2003 with his wife and fellow artist Merikokeb.
Dereje studied at the Addis Ababa University Alle School of Fine Arts and Design specializing in mural art, graduating in 2002 - he went back to Alle to specialize in painting, graduating in 2012.
Dereje’s signature mural art designs can be found in many establishments around Addis Ababa - notably within the Boston and Partners building. He also worked as a painting instructor at Mat Fine Art Academy in Addis Ababa. Dereje illustrated numerous UNICEF posters between the years 2002 and 2005. In 2006, he designed the Nile Development Forum poster under the theme ''The Role of the Nile in Poverty Reduction and Economic Development in the Basin". In 2008, his 100 meter street painting displayed in Meskel Squar in Addis Ababa - ‘Stop early marriage’ - commemorated the International Women’s day. Dereje won the first prize for the United Nations Population Fund International Poster Contest of ‘Population and the Environment’ in 1992.
- 2002 at The Addis Ababa University (A.A.U.) Fine Art and Design
- 2002 at Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University (A.A.U.)
- 2005 at The Alliance Ethio-Francoise, Addis Ababa
- 2006 at the Bulgarian Embassy, Addis Ababa
- 2006 at Nubia Visual Art Studio, Addis Ababa
- 2006 at the Italian Cultural Institute, Addis Ababa
- 2007 at Lela Art Gallery, Addis Ababa
- 2007 at Together Art Center in Khartoum, Sudan
- 2007 at the National Museum of Ethiopia
- 2007 at GTZ’S Head Office in Eschborn, Germany
- 2008 at LeLa Art Gallery, Addis Ababa
- 2008 at the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design
- 2009 at Sheraton Addis - Art of Ethiopia 09 Exhibition, Addis Ababa
- 2010 at Al Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai
- 2010 at Ateier Fine Art Gallery, Addis Ababa
- 2012 at the Addis Ababa University Alle School of Fine Art and Design
- 2013 at Laphto Art Gallery, Addis Ababa
- 2013 at Ethiopian National Museum Gallery
- 2013 at LeLa Art Gallery, Addis Ababa
- 2014 at Guramayle Art Center, Addis Ababa
- 2015 at Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya