Senafiksh Zeleke was born in 1967 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She studied painting at Addis Ababa University Alle School of Fine Arts and Design; doing further studies in painting and computer graphics in Italy and India. Sinafikish has presented her artwork in more than 40 exhibitions in Ethiopia as well as abroad. Currently, she works as an art instructor at the Indian National School in Addis Ababa and is the president of the Women Artist Association.
Senafiksh’s more recognizable works celebrate the female form - highlighting female facial features, depicting stories of a woman’s complexity on canvas. Her signature and unique use of a wide range of earth colors whispers the exotic warmth of Ethiopia; shapes seamlessly blend together to convey both softness and intensity of exaggerated bodily dimensions lending distinctiveness to her paintings.
Senafiksh is a mother of three; 22 and 13 year-old sons and an 18 year-old daughter. She lives with her husband and children in Addis Ababa. When she is not teaching, Senafiksh enjoys serene days working in her home studio.