Matias Lulu is also a graduate of the Addis Ababa University School of Fine Arts and Design (2001). Mathias translates his perception and feelings about life into shape and form through his daily discipline of painting. He first began with a figurative approach to painting but has since moved onto a more self-expressive and bolder mode of working. His inspirations come from his internal feelings and concerns for the human life. Matias believes that any life is composed of the four elements: water, earth, wind and fire, and makes sure that such components are reflected in his works. Tragically, Matias Lulu passed away in 2013 after suffering from a brain hemorrhage. He has always said, “Art is medicine. For me painting is therapeutic. It is a form of meditation. I lose my sense of direction if I don’t paint. Painting transports me to a different world. Your painting represents you and at times people discuss your work in your absence which makes you in a way still present while physically absent, that is, allowing you to be in two different places at the same time”. His presence and great talent is gravely missed by his Habesha Studio fellow artists and colleagues.
In 2001, five young Ethiopian contemporary artists - Dawit Abebe, Girmachew Getnet, Mathias Lulu, Workneh Bezu and Yoseph Lule founded Habesha Art Studio - what is to be their working studio as well as exhibition space. With four distinctive styles, Habesha Studio offers much to behold for art collectors and enthusiasts.
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