Born on the 8 of March 1978, Workneh Bezu Kassa grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Workneh began drawing at a very young age, showing great artistic ability, which did not go unnoticed by his elementary school art teacher. Although his family persuaded him to become an auto-mechanic, Workneh was destined to follow his passion for art and enrolled at the prestigious Addis Ababa University Alle School of Fine Art and Design, where he says, he was privileged to study under and be mentored by some of the masters of Ethiopian painting and sculptor.
For Workneh, art quickly became his life, a medium through which he was able to channel his passion and dreams. Receiving formal training gave Workneh the techniques and academic skills he needed to bring his dreams to reality. Workneh experiments with different artistic forms and has become one of the pioneers of children’s puppet and short animation films in Ethiopia. Included in his creations are rug puppets, paintings in oil and watercolors, sculptures and graphics art. Workeneh has shown his works in more than 20 exhibitions in Ethiopia and internationally. To learn more, visit the artist's website at www.worknehbezu.com.
In 2001, Workneh established Habesha Art Studio with his colleagues and other emerging Ethiopian artists.