Eyayu Genet 

 

Eyayu Genet was born in Durbete, 470 km North of the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Bahir Dar University in 2007.  That same year, he joined the Addis Ababa University Alle School of Fine Arts and Design and received his BFA degree in painting with great distinction in 2011. 

In his earlier works,  Eyayu explored the question ‘Does life influence art or does art influence life?’ in his modern surrealist expression paintings.  His inspiration from culture, life, joy, and sorrow while celebrating God as the source of all things, gave his paintings voice and relevance to our daily experiences. Irony and tongue-in-cheek humor is not lost on Eyayu nor in his work - in one of his works, Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottles hug each other to illustrate friendships beyond rivalry (see below). 

In his more recent themes, he took the two extreme altitudes in Ethiopia - Dalol (-115m below sea level ) and mountain Ras Dashen (4,620m above sea level), as a departure point and combined opposite colors (cold and warm) to create harmony. In his paintings, Eyayu also uses semi- abstract objects, mostly reminiscent of architectural and cultural elements of rural Ethiopian to to illustrate everyday nuances of life. 

Eyayus’ work has enjoyed national and regional recognition in Ethiopia.  His efforts to make the city of Bahir Dar an alternative art corner in the nation is coming true.  He has organized numerous art shows in the city and trained 80 students in technical and artistic expression. Currently, he is an art instructor at the Bahir Dar University.